Leading for Equity: Academic Development Through an Equity Lens

10/01/2020 - 2:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

In the current dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial injustice, school leaders across the country are renewing their commitment to equity in education. Join Nancy Duchesneau, a Research Associate at The Education Trust, and Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith of Maryland’s largest school system, Montgomery County Public Schools, as they discuss the district-level policies and actions needed to close opportunity gaps for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds and other historically marginalized groups.

We will hear findings from The Education Trust’s qualitative research study on equitably supporting social, emotional, and academic development, specific policy and practice recommendations, and learn about tools that can support superintendents in doing equity-centered work.

In his second term, Dr. Smith along with Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Monifa McKnight, will discuss the systems work to identify, understand, and implement strategies to put equity at the forefront of all efforts to support teaching and learning. The district has implemented the All In: Equity and Achievement Framework that has three critical components:
Evidence of Learning: Are our students learning? Are they learning enough?
Equity Accountability Model: How do we know? If not, why not?
Equitable Access to Resources: What are we going to do about it?

The framework, informed by an external study performed by Educational Resource Strategies, identified multiple strengths and challenges driving the district’s equity work and how school administrators are now working to close the opportunity and achievement gap.