Equity Project

Project Goals



Increase diversity in ACSA membership and leadership through intentional recruitment, retention, and outreach efforts.



Increase all members’ awareness of equity and diversity issues that impact historically underserved leaders and students.


Professional Learning

Provide relevant equity leadership training and support for ACSA leaders and members that focuses on building capacity in cultural proficiency as well as all areas of equity and diversity.

Equity Articles

Now, more than ever, there is a deep need to truly define the word “equity” in order to apply it as a lens to our policy and practice if we are to close these educational gaps. Defining equity requires us to reflect on our own personal and professional experiences in order to shift from “talking the talk” to “walking the walk.”
During its July meeting, the State Board of Education approved a revolutionary “English Learner Roadmap” to help California’s more than 1,000 school districts welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are learning English.
We are excited to announce that ACSA’s Equity Project has received a two-year grant from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to host a Professional Learning Network. CCEE is committed to supporting LEAs with resources and tools to assist them in implementing LCFF through their LCAPs and use of the California School Dashboard.

Defining Equity Exercise:

  1. Have everyone take two Post-it notes, and write down an “equitable” and “inequitable” moment in his/her professional and/or personal life, one on each note. Share with your team, listening openly to each person's experience.

  2. Discuss together: If your organization were to articulate a definition of equity, what would it say?

Get Involved!

We would love to share this important work with you, whether you're interested in professional training on cultural proficiency, networking with colleagues, writing articles, participating in Twitter chats or all of the above. Contact us to learn more.

Is your site doing great things?

Submit your successful strategies to Equity and Diversity Executive, Nicole Anderson, at nanderson@acsa.org.

Continuum of Equity Services

More Resources

Post-Election Success and Healing

Watch a 30-minute webinar on post-election success and healing.


Why attend a webinar? The next best thing to an on-site workshop, ACSA has partnered with Corwin to provide webinars for your opportunity to interact directly with the field’s most influential thought leaders on a range of critical issues. What’s more, they’re free! Invite your entire team for a start-to-finish professional learning experience. Or download the slides post-webinar and share with your colleagues.

Educational Equity Roundtable

Hosted by ACSA Diversity and Equal Access Executive Nicole Anderson, the roundtables are an opportunity for educational leaders to discuss the challenges educators face in addressing critical gaps in supports and mindsets in order to provide equitable schooling.

Equity and Diversity Action Plan

SMART goals and action steps created around focus areas in ACSA's Equity Position Paper, and supported by the ACSA Strategic Plan, aim to move efforts forward on equity and achievement.

LGBTQ Tools, Networking and Resources

For tools and resources to help administrators better serve their LGBTQ students and staff. Our goal is to connect LGBTQ educational leaders and allies and provide information and resources for the success of LGBTQ educators and the students they serve.

Equity and Access Survey

Highlights from ACSA's 2015 Equity and Access Survey include many suggestions for championing educational equity throughout California.

Equity Project Highlights

ACSA’s Equity Project consists of services and products that support members in the area of equity and diversity. Within the Equity Project, the Equity Committee and ACSA Staff have focused on 3 goals: membership, communication, and Professional Learning.

Equity Position Paper

Together our efforts must focus on closing the achievement gap in our schools and districts and on ensuring that all students meet standards.

Equity Videos

ACSA's Equity Project advocates for a public education system in which all students have equal opportunities to succeed. Find tools and resources you can use and learn from leaders in the field on ACSA's Educational Equity playlist.