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AASA Leading for Equity: Building a Culture of Equity in Richardson Independent School District

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Leading for Equity

Presented by Dr. Jeannie Stone, Superintendent, Richardson Independent School District (TX); Carrie Breedlove, Principal, J.J. Pearce High School (TX); Katrina Collins, Principal, Skyview Elementary School (TX); and Toni Jackson, Teacher, Dartmouth Elementary School (TX)
Moderated by Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Assistant Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association 
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Richardson Independent School District is working to achieve a culture of equity by leading educators to create classrooms, schools, and an organizational system where the opportunity to succeed is made available to every student. Seeking to embrace every student and staff member, this recorded presentation chronicles Richardson ISD’s journey to turn words into action. Joining Richardson ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jeannie Stone, in addressing systemic disparities and inequities are Carrie Breedlove, J.J. Pearce High School Principal, Katrina Collins, Skyview Elementary School Principal, and Toni Jackson, Dartmouth Elementary School Teacher.

Essential questions include:

  • How does a school district communicate a vision for equity?
  • What strategies can classroom teachers, principals and district leaders use to implement and establish a culture of high expectations leading to more equitable outcomes?
  • How can all district staff ensure the raising of expectations and meeting the needs of all students?
  • How can district leaders build teacher and leader skills, knowledge, and capacity to lean into equity work?
  • How can relationships with key stakeholders, such as students, parents, the community, and elected officials be leveraged to support equity work?

Viewers will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities to benefit all students. This recorded presentation will be of particular value to school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.


Jeannie StoneAbout the Presenters

Dr. Jeannie Stone was named Superintendent of Schools for Richardson ISD in January 2017. Dr. Stone was first hired as RISD Deputy Superintendent in July 2015, then became acting Superintendent and interim Superintendent. She began her career in 1990 as a middle school English teacher in Dallas ISD, then spent 20 years in Mesquite ISD serving in various leadership roles. During her first year as Principal at Mesquite Poteet High School, the campus was named a National Blue Ribbon School. As an educator, Dr. Stone has been recognized for her innovative leadership and commitment to children, being named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association; Altrusa International’s 2018 Outstanding Woman of Today; and the 2019 Texas Superintendent of the Year by Texas PTA. She was also recently honored in the Dallas Business Journal’s first Leaders in Diversity Awards.


Carrie BreedloveCarrie Breedlove is a 25-year educator having started her career as a junior high English teacher. She has also taught at the high school level, as well as held leadership positions at the central office before returning to the campus as a junior high school assistant principal, principal, and now high school principal.


Katrina CollinsKatrina Collins is a 23-year educator and served as a classroom teacher for ten years before transitioning into campus leadership roles, including Instructional Specialist, Assistant Principal, and currently as Principal. She has been recognized for her instructional leadership as the 2019 National Parent Engagement Award recipient from NABSE and has served as a guest panelist for several podcasts to support creating a more inclusive school environment. She is currently a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University.


Toni JacksonToni Jackson has been in education for over 20 years and has taught in MO, AZ, and currently in TX as a sixth-grade teacher in Richardson ISD. She has served in numerous teacher leader roles throughout her career, including curriculum development, professional developer, and mentor teacher. She has a master’s in educational administration as well as cross-cultural teaching.



Valerie TruesdaleAbout the Moderator

Dr. Valerie Truesdale joined AASA early in 2019 as the assistant executive director responsible for guiding leadership development services and programs. With years of experience in the superintendency and roles in instructional technology, she knows that AASA’s Leadership Network can be a substantial resource for school leaders trying to keep pace with the rapidly changing delivery of K-12 education.


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

Join the Leading for Equity community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, and view recordings of previous programs to earn CE certificates.


The AASA Leadership Network drives superintendent success, innovation, and growth, shaping the future of public education while preparing students for what’s next. We are the largest, most diverse network of superintendents in America. Passionate and committed, we connect educational leaders to the professional learning, leadership development, relationships, and partnerships they need to ensure a long career of impact.


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Thursday, May 13, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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