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Leading for Equity: Courage to Lead with an Equity Agenda

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Leading for Equity

Presented by Dr. Khalid Mumin, Superintendent, Reading School District (PA), and Marlon Styles, Superintendent, Middletown City Schools (OH)
Moderated by Dr. Amy Sichel, Lead Superintendent, AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®

Hosted by AASA, The Superintendents Association 
AASA’s Leadership Network, providing premier professional learning for educational leaders

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Dr. Amy Sichel, AASA Lead Superintendent and past president of AASA as well as retired superintendent of the Abington School District (Abington, PA), moderates an engaging discussion with Dr. Khalid Mumin, Reading School District’s Superintendent (Reading, PA) and Marlon Styles, Superintendent of Middletown City Schools (Middletown, OH). Both superintendents share stories of what works in their school districts to make sure ALL students are well served. Khalid and Marlon share what’s working, as well as what isn’t working with their equity agendas. In the dialogue, ideas are shared on how to have courageous conversations and move beyond excuses to implement action-oriented equity strategies. This presentation includes examples of how to build community support and adopt an anti-racism school resolution. Actionable options and resources will be included in the presentation.

Essential questions include:

  • How can school districts engage in courageous conversations and generate the “courage to lead” action?
  • What role do superintendents have in running an equity agenda?
  • How does strong community support assist with developing allies, advocates, and activists?
  • What are the role responsibilities of a district’s Equity Director?
  • What training do boards of education need in adopting an equity agenda?
  • What actions do school leaders need to do for kids who are underserved?

Viewers will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students.


Khalid MuminAbout the Presenters

For the last 20 years, Dr. Khalid N. Mumin has served in various capacities as a teacher, dean of students, principal and central administrator. Dr. Mumin earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education in Teaching & Curriculum from Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Shippensburg University, and an Associate of Arts in English from Northeastern Christian Junior College.

The strength in Dr. Mumin’s leadership revolves around being a student-centered educator, who has a vision of success for all students and a belief that building positive relationships through cultural competencies is paramount in promoting student success. Dr. Mumin is a change agent and is committed to promoting and sustaining student achievement, equity and access to educational programming for all students, as well as creating plans that are fiscally responsible. He maintains a keen focus on fostering collaboration with stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, community, public officials, business partners, and higher education. His goal is that all of these groups will come together on the same accord to function as a complete community of learners focused on student success and student access to college and career opportunities. Dr. Khalid Mumin is the 2021 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.


Marlon Styles

In the fall of 2017, Marlon Styles became the proud Superintendent of Middletown City School District. The four years prior, he served as the Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Lakota Schools. His affinity for education has ignited a fiery passion to close the equity gap for all students. He prides himself on finding the good in every person. Mr. Styles challenges others to rise up to strengthen the #MiddieRising culture. Mr. Styles states, “My affinity for education has ignited a fiery passion to close the equity and access gaps that affect schools. I am firmly devoted to finding innovative ways to integrate technology to transform learning experiences that will inspire students.” Marlon earned an undergraduate degree from Thomas More College, and a Master’s degree from University of Cincinnati.


Amy SichelAbout the Host

Dr. Amy Sichel is a nationally recognized educational leader and has served as superintendent of the Abington School District in Abington, PA since 2001 and retired after 18 years of service. She served the district for 42 years as the assistant superintendent, director of pupil services, school psychologist and counselor. Dr. Sichel is a past president of AASA and PASA as well as being named a PA Superintendent of the Year. She was proud to have the opportunity to be recognized nationally for the district’s work in narrowing achievement gaps for historically under-represented students. For this work, she has co-authored a chapter in a textbook by Mr. Alan Blankstein and Dr. Pedro Noguera, entitled Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student.

Dr. Sichel is now a repurposed superintendent as Lead Superintendent in the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®. She has worked with AASA’s Leadership Network and the Certification program since the inception with curriculum development and as a mentor. AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program has a rigorous and engaging curriculum, where superintendents in their beginning years of service and those that want to refresh their skill set, form as a cohort of critical professional friends and engage in leadership development. This work is so important for superintendents as they strive to educate America’s children to be career and college ready. With years of experience in education, Dr. Sichel strives to offer premier professional learning opportunities to superintendents and educational leaders with AASA’s Leadership Network.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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