Leading for Equity: Engaging Community Beyond the Schoolhouse

10/15/2020 - 2:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

Recently retired school superintendent (Spartanburg County School District Seven, SC), Dr. Russell Booker knows transformational change begins with challenging the status quo and requiring a broad engagement of community beyond the schoolhouse. Dr. Booker will share his insights on intentional focus for removing barriers to students’ economic opportunities post-graduation. As a dynamic, forward thinking superintendent and as the new executive director of the Spartanburg Academic Movement, Dr. Booker will discuss how utilization of human, financial and social capital can change mindsets and hearts of a community.

Essential Questions:
How do educational leaders begin the work of intentionally moving community advocates and allies in the work of leading diversity, equity and inclusion within our schools?
What are strategies for engaging chambers of commerce and non-profits in tackling practices that have disparate impact on children of color?
What is a ‘Whole Community to support a Whole Child’ approach to transforming schools and how can it remove education and economic disparities?

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