How does equity become the lens through which all aspects of the educational experience are filtered? And why is this essential for the K-12 education system? Addressing the gaps of opportunity and supports for students goes beyond a checklist and may seem insurmountable. Tune-in for insights from guests, Dr. Terrance Green (University of Texas at Austin) and Dr. Sonya Horsford (Columbia University) who are part of today’s discussion with guest host, Dr. Heather Bennett.

Equity is not like a program, it’s not an initiative, it’s not like a toolbox or a checklist that I’m doing. Equity is like a system, it has to inform everything in the school district.

Skip to: 01:55 What is equity?
Skip to: 09:57 “Equity Sprinkles”

I think for other communities, the question of equity is really about fairness, it’s about freedom from discrimination and it’s about having the access to the same abilities, resources and experiences of other students.

Skip to: 14:19 Equity in school districts without extreme demographic changes or diverse populations
Skip to: 18:03 Steps districts can do/take to move towards equity

Dr. Terrance Green

Terrance L. Green is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Dr. Green’s research examines the relationship between educational leadership, schools, and neighborhood-communities, with a focus on racial and educational equity. His work centers on three related research strands: 1) the role of educational leaders in equity-focused school-family-community partnerships, 2) the intersection of school reform and equitable community development, with a focus on the impacts of neighborhood gentrification on schools, and 3) institutional change approaches to racial and educational equity in school districts and schools. His research has been published in several journals including Teaches College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, The Urban Review, and Urban Education.

Dr. Sonya Horsford

Sonya Douglass Horsford, Ed.D. is Associate Professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she serves as Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) and Co-Director of the Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) – an Ed.D. program for aspiring and practicing urban school superintendents. Her research focuses on the social and political contexts of school leadership, school segregation, critical race theory, Black education and the superintendency.