Equity Talks Season 3 | 2021-22 - Shared screen with gallery view
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Welcome to Equity Talks! We will get started in a few minutes. Please say hello in the chat room and introduce yourself to our panel here today. Let us know your school/district and role. Thanks for being here!
Mitchell Roush (he/him)
Thank you for hosting this conversation! Mitch Roush here; Communications Director for Grand Island Public Schools in Nebraska.
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca City Schools, NY
Greetings. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent in Ithaca, NY. Excited to hear from these remarkable leaders.
Looking forward to hearing from this amazing panel! Amanda Levos - English Learner and Migrant Education Coordinator in Grand Island Public Schools in Nebraska.
Good Afternoon to everyone, Hilda Sanchez Roswell Independent School District Board Member.
Thanks for joining us! We will get started in a couple minutes. If you haven’t done so yet, please say hello in the chat room and introduce yourself to our panel here today. Let us know your school/district and role. Thanks for being here!
Hello from Pacific Grove!
Hello, I am Tracy Neal, Principal in Clarke County School District in Athens, GA
Hello from Annapolis, MD. HS SPED Social Studies Teacher.
Rane Garcia (she/her)
Hello, from the Michigan Department of Education
Hi everyone, special education teacher at UBCTS Perkasie PA.
Ana Ramirez (she,her,ella)
Hello from Roseburg, Oregon
Katerina Flanders - Forsyth County Georgia and Special Education HS Department Chair/Science Teacher
Hello from Richmond Public Schools Office of Exceptional Ed in VA
Peter Forsgren - Fairport CSD board member
Hello from the SF Bay Area in sunny California.
Hilda Sanchez, from Roswell New Mexico.
Allysa Oliver, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation - Hello from New Jersey!
Terra Smith, Ed.D.
Hello from Texas, Coldspring-CISD
Tara Bellevue (she/her) NAF
Greetings, from NAF and calling in from West Palm Beach Florida.
Hello from Olympia, Washington.
Thank you to our leaders joining us here today. If you have questions for the panel, please feel free to share in the chat room. Be sure to select “Everyone” so that we can all see your comments.
Hello from Texas. Currently working on my Superintendent Certification. I am excited to hear from the leaders.
You all keep equating women as female, but what are you doing to make your district and organization more inclusive of ALL women & girls?
And challenging education agencies that oppress and sustain the white power structure.
Josey Ballenger (GAO)
In your experience, are women part of the decision-making - like the Superintendent selection? Or are women excluded from being part of the selection process? If the former, what can we do to encourage women to support/promote other women in the workplace?
Yes create your own space
We need to file more complaints….we need more legal support
In Montclair NJ our first Black superintendent that happened to be a woman was chased out by white liberals. Or that was how it appeared to me as I watched an angry mob come for her one BOE meeting…..all because she was empowering Black parents….Dr. Kendra Johnson never claimed that was the case but that is what it looked like to me.
Superintendent Dr. Johnson
Those Black parents are who lead educational equity in NJ…..and Montclair BOE called the cops on them after they dismantled all the work they accomplished through Superintendent Dr. Johnson.
Pilar Vargas (she/her/ella)
How have you managed to stay strong in who you are as women of color and continue along in your own personal vision and goals, even through many barriers are placed in your way?
Montclair Public Schools first NJ district to have anti racist policy and regulations as the result of Black parents who defined for themselves and did the work for it….
With Superintendent Dr. Johnson
Are there any resources (books, LI Learning, shows, etc) you'd recommend to help build up leadership skills and confidence?
we all need to be our best advocate!
How do we value representation or how should we?
What can parents of elementary students do to make sure their children understand the importance of diversity in leadership and decision-making?
What advice do you have for educators, especially young women educators, as they map out their careers?
There is a difference between being inclined and willing to a shift in power….which is what equity really is……and that is going to require disrupters
Susan Mittler NYSED Regent J.D. 6
Diversity is more than "skin color". We have to emphasize diversity of beliefs; skills, gender; religion; ethnicity; political affiliations; socio-economic status; and more. We have to value every student; every family and every administrator.... respect for educators; respect for intent; respect for the challenging situations; the need to understand; to support those who are asking for access to the opportunities that others are being given. Being a female leader is really challenging. Women have to serve as critical friends to succeed. Thank you for all your have said and done.
superintendents work with school boards to create policy. What types of initiatives do you bring forward at board meetings that highlights the work of young women in the school system? And do we need to be intentional in doing this.
Power will do that
Dr. Yvette Mason
Good to see you Minerva! We are proud of you--- from the first cohort of Aspiring Female Superintendents from AASA!
Thank you to our panelists! What were your takeaways from today’s conversation?
We’ll be sharing what’s up next on Equity Talks in April and free resources, stay tuned.
Tara Bellevue (she/her) NAF
"Lifting while I climb", is quite evident in this discussion and thankful for how these amazing leaders are holding space for one another.
Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Voice4Equity, Founder and CEO
Thank you to our audience for your questions and comments!
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There were many points I enjoyed but I like that main point in what are you doing to push…protect….and position.
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I also would like to acknowledge the practice of co opting student voice…..and that a child’s parent is their first line of defense no matter what they look like……whenever we empower we have to make sure there is no hidden agenda
See you in April!