Best practices in equity shared

In this roundtable, Sonja Lowery, Tara Bianchi, and Edgar Lampkin Ed.D. sat down with ACSA Diversity and Equal Access Executive Nicole Anderson to discuss the challenges educators face in addressing critical gaps in supports and mindsets in order to provide equitable schooling


In an effort to bring diverse thinking and best practices to the equity work being done in California school districts and campuses, ACSA is launching the Equity Roundtable video series.

“The content is incredibly rich,” said Nicole Anderson, ACSA’s Equity and Equal Access executive. “These aren’t talking heads sitting in a room providing theory—this is a real world discussion of the way our leaders are making a difference in the work we do.”

The Equity Roundtable is part of ACSA’s Equity Project, which advocates for a public education system in which all students have equal opportunities to succeed. The videos are available here and on the ACSA Facebook and YouTube pages.

The guests for the first three roundtables included Williams USD Superintendent Edgar Lampkin, Yountville Elementary School Principal Tara Bianchi, and Sonjha Lowery, director of Learning Support Services for Elk Grove USD. Each roundtable focuses on one topic. The guests in the first Equity Roundtable discuss how to close the access, opportunity, and achievement gap for California’s historically underserved students. Future roundtables will focus on how to initiate difficult conversations with staff on equity, and how to ensure that all students feel safe and achieve equitable outcome.

“When we discuss equity, there is a tendency to focus on broad strokes instead of really concentrating on one issue,” Anderson said. “These videos are less than 10 minutes long and provide viewers with tactics they can immediately put to use.”

Anderson believes this type of professional development is key to being a difference maker in our schools and communities.

Later this month, ACSA and its equity partners will continue their Equity Institutes. This unique professional development experience is designed to build cultural proficiency capacity in order to lead for equity. The Equity Institutes are for K-12 district teams and individual leaders. The curriculum assists in the development of deep belief systems and understanding of cultural proficiency. It empowers attendees to be proactive and responsive to the diverse needs of the communities they serve.

Workshops in San Bernardino are scheduled for March 24-25 and May 12-13. Workshops in Woodland are scheduled March 29-30 and May 10-11. Find out more and register for an Institute.

ACSA has also provided countless resources for members, including Equity Toolkits, webinars, and Equity and Diversity Action Plans.

You can access these resources on the ACSA Equity webpage by clicking the Member Services button or going directly to www.acsa.org/equity.

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