Monday, October 26th, 2020
9:45 AM - 10:50 AM: Keynote Sponsored by CourseArc
The Digital Divide: The Next Frontier in Equity
We will begin with a 15-minute presentation from CourseArc. Then, the keynote: Access to broadband internet has become a symbol for inequality in education. But this moment is about more than just connection: as the pandemic worsens existing inequalities across race, academic support, and basic needs security our solutions must be more collaborative and more adaptive. Higher ed and K-12 have the potential to dive more deeply into raising the bar for all students. We have the ability to make quality instruction and support more available, more widely than in pre-pandemic times. Let's rise to the challenges and respond to a crisis of inequality by bringing quality into focus.
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DeRionne Pollard, President, Montgomery College
In 2010, DeRionne Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 55,000 credit and noncredit students. She spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. She has partnered actively with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove in the creation of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a support program designed to help disadvantaged students transition from high school to college completion. The program now has 2,700 students enrolled. Montgomery College is also a member of Achieving the Dream network, a non-governmental reform movement for student success at community colleges. Dr. Pollard was named one of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine, won a 2017 Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and was a recipient of a Visionary Award by the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Additionally, she has been honored by Leadership Montgomery, The Daily Record, Bethesda Magazine, and the Washington Business Journal and is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as well as the Silver Spring Chapter of The Links.