Friday, July 21, 2017

'I don't know how to lead for equity, that was not part of my program' - Autumn Arnett, Education Dive

Equity took center stage in the day two conversations at the Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy Thursday. One resonant statement reflected how principal preparation programs didn't include equity components, meaning that now leaders are struggling to approach their work through an equity lens. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education President Joe Garcia — who shared with the audience that his school counselors never once mentioned to him the idea of his going to college— said working harder to close achievement gaps from early education on through to higher ed is everyone’s work. “It’s not just an issue of racial justice — although that’s important — it’s a question of our economic sustainability” as a nation, Garcia said. Professional development is perhaps the single most important aspect of the equity conversation.

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