Presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance; and Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design, Renaissance
Presented by Hilderbrand Pelzer III, Educator and Author; Carissa Berliner, Teacher and Universal Literacy Reading Coach, New York City Department of Education; and Resha Conroy, Founder, Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children
Moderated by Debbie Meyer, A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar
“How are the children?” That’s how Dr. Baron R. Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two (SC), starts every meeting. He isn’t just asking, though, if they are physically well. Like the traditional Maasai greeting, he’s asking if the people in his district are making the children their priority every day and making sure they are doing everything to take care of the children on every level.
Using data to determine the needs of economically disadvantaged students and make good decisions about them has helped one school district provide more equitable outcomes, meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and increase opportunities for high school graduates to succeed in college and their careers.
Presented by Adam Bellow, Co-Founder, Breakout EDU; Dr. Dan Morris, District Leader, SAU 53 (NH); Mark MacLean, Superintendent of Schools, SAU #46 (NH), and 2020 New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year; Tom Walker, Director of Technology, Massac Unit School District #1 (IL); and Anna Logan, Director of Strategic Sales, Alma SIS
When many schools and districts address equity problems, they tend to look at the big picture and overall outcomes. But according to the presenters in an edWebinar, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association and AASA’s Leadership Network, the more effective approach is to identify specific problems for specific groups of students and make key changes that address those individual needs. By combining the small group focus with short cycles of improvement, schools can truly create a system where every child is receiving the best possible education.
School systems, school buildings and classroom leaders have the opportunity to model methods to promote racial justice. The approaches will vary, from courageous conversations in the classroom to inclusive, student-centered school design.
How can school districts provide more equitable outcomes for their full range of students, while also implementing anti-racist policies and procedures? The hard work and “authentic journey” required to achieve these sorts of outcomes were discussed during a recent edWebinar, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association and AASA’s Leadership Network. The presentation featured Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (NY), Lily Talcott, Deputy Superintendent of the district, and Deborah Ptak, Principal of the district’s Lehman Alternative Community School.
Leaders in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools have been working on their equity agenda since 2015. But while their first two iterations focused more on achievement gaps and access to rigorous classes for all students, the plans didn’t address systemic inequities or really move the needle forward. During a recent edWebinar, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association and AASA’s Leadership Network, Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent, and Dr. LaQuiche R. Parrott, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, explained why their Compass 2025 plan emphasizes equity throughout and how they keep equity front and center in their work.
Presented by Jaime Perris, Curriculum Project Manager and Education Consultant, Encyclopædia Britannica; Dr. Ahmet Bayazitoglu, English Teacher, Hun School of Princeton (NJ); and Dara Martin, English Teacher, Co-Director of NextTerm, Dorm Parent, Hun School of Princeton (NJ)
Moderated by Darcy Carlson, Director of Education Consultants, Encyclopædia Britannica