In part 3, Ms. Bea Habursky, the assistant superintendent for the discuses academic educational equity. In this discussion with Dr. Heather Bennett, director of equity services for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Ms. Habursky further elucidates Erie’s equity transformation. She describes the step by step process in developing the strategic plan, and describes the changes in curriculum, professional development, engagement with the community, and the need to have difficult conversations to help the district and its stakeholders move towards equity.
Listen to Part 1: Developing an Equity Program
Listen to Part 2: Implicit Bias and the Struggles for Equity
When we define equity, we want equal opportunity for all students.
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Students can, once they’re proficient they can go in any direction they want.
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Bea Habursky, Assistant Superintendent of Erie’s Public Schools
Ms. Bea Habursky is the Assistant Superintendent of Erie’s Public Schools. She has held this position for the past 2 years. Prior to being Assistant Superintendent, she was the Director of Human
Resources for Erie’s Public Schools for 8 years during the financial crisis. Before moving to central office administration, Bea worked as a building principal, guidance counselor and classroom teacher. She has been in urban education for the past 33 years. Ms. Habursky has been an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, has taught graduate classes at Westminster College, and enjoys spending time with her family.
o Pennsylvania Equity and Inclusion Toolkit
o Christopher Emdin. 2016. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education. Beacon Press.