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Welcome to the Resource Collection

Below you will find all of the session recordings to-date. These resources can be used to guide conversations around key issues of equity in your schools.

This page will be continuously updated with new archived sessions each month.

Season 3 | 2021-22

Equity in Rural Education

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Richard J. Heffernan
Assistant Superintendent and Principal
Palisades School District, PA

Dr. Gerri M. Maxwell
Professor & Chair Educational Leadership
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Aaron Sadoff
School District of North Fond du Lac, WI

Dr. Melissa Sadorf
Stanfield Elementary School District 24, AZ

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Women’s Power & Voice for Women’s History Month

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Dr. Minerva Garcia-Sanchez
DeKalb Community Unit School District 428, IL

Dr. Tawana Grover
Grand Island, NE

Dr. A. Katrise Lee-Perera
Lancaster Independent School District, TX

Deidra Parrish Williams
Leader, Global Corporate Citizenship
Trane Technologies

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Black History Month Celebration: National, State, and District Strategies for Equity

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Dr. LaTonya Goffney

Superintendent, Aldine Independent School District, TX

Dr. John B. Gordon III

Superintendent, Suffolk Public Schools, VA

Monique Toussaint

Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans

Rashard J. Wright

Chief of Staff, Newport News Public Schools, VA

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Equity in Urban Education

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Dr. Tahira Dupree Chase

Superintendent, Westbury School District, NY

Dr. Joseph Davis

Superintendent, Ferguson-Florissant School District, MO

Dr. Francisco Duran

Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools, VA

Or listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , or Spotify

Student Voice at the Table

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Alfredo Carganilla

Principal, Farrington High School, Oahu, Hawaii

Jusancy Kansou

Student, Farrington High School, Oahu, Hawaii

Betty Lokkon

Student, Farrington High School, Oahu, Hawaii

Froite Nelson

Student, Farrington High School, Oahu, Hawaii

Chelsea Phillip

EL Teacher, Farrington High School, Oahu, Hawaii

Or listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , or Spotify

Leveraging Superintendent Voice and Power for Equity

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Superintendent, Hartford Public School District, CT

Dr. Avis Williams

Superintendent, Selma City School District, AL

Or listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , or Spotify

Then vs. Now: Technology and Equity

October 28, 2021

Dr. Darin Brawley

Superintendent, Compton Unified School District, CA

Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser

Superintendent, Atlanta Public School District, GA

James Simmons III

Chief Equity Officer, Delaware Department of Education

Or listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , or Spotify

Season 2 | 2020-21

Season Two Finale

June 24, 2021

Dr. Joe Gothard

Superintendent, Saint Paul Public Schools, MN


Dr. Lesli Myers-Small

Superintendent, Rochester City School District, NY


Student Edition: Know Justice, Know Peace

May 27, 2021

Kimberly Grayson

Principal, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, CO


Dahni Austin

Student, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, CO

“Know Justice, Know Peace: DMLK’s The Take”

Alana Mitchell

Student, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, CO

“Know Justice, Know Peace: DMLK’s The Take”

Kaliah Yizar

Student, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, CO

“Know Justice, Know Peace: DMLK’s The Take”

K’iara Roberts

Teacher, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, CO

Women CEOs of Color Leading through Difficult Change

May 13, 2021

Dr. Sharon Contreras Superintendent, Guilford County School District, NC @SContrerasGCS

Jhone Ebert State Superintendent, Nevada Department of Education @JhoneEbertd

“A Return to Better-than-Normal”

April 29, 2021

Dr. Bryan Johnson Superintendent, Hamilton City Schools, TN
2021 TN Superintendent of the Year @DrBryanJohnson

Dr. Lu Young Board of Education Chair, Kentucky Department of Education @KYDeptofEd

Women CEOs: Policy Work is Equality Work

April 22, 2021

Dr. Katy Anthes State Superintendent of Colorado

Dr. Carmen I. Ayala State Superintendent of Illinois

Voices from the Community

March 25, 2021

Dr. Guidel Crosthwaite Superintendent, Lynwood Unified School District, CA @gudiel

Dr. Ivan Duran Superintendent, Bellevue School District, WA @IJDuran

Dr. Jeannie Stone Superintendent, Richardson School District, TX @3JStone

March 18, 2021

Dr. Lupita Hightower Superintendent, Tolleson Elementary School District, AZ @LupitaHightower

Dr. Carey Wright State Superintendent, Mississippi Department of Education @MissDeptEd


Dr. Christina Kishimoto State Superintendent, Hawaii Department of Education @HIDOE808_DrK

On the Court or in the Schools: Leading from Behind

February 25, 2021

Jason Collins Former NBA Player and NBA Cares Ambassador @JasonCollins98 | @NBACares

Dr. Mark Bedell Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools, MO @MarkBedell_KCPS

Dr. A. Katrise Perera Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District, OR @AKPerera

The New Normal

January 28, 2021

Aleesia Johnson Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools, IN AleesiaLJohnson

Dr. Khalid Mumin Superintendent, Reading School District, PA
Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year DrMuminRSD

Dr. Roberto Padilla Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, NY
New York State Superintendent of the Year NewburghSup

Transformation: Recreate, Innovate, Elevate

December 3, 2020

State and district leaders discuss their roles and the impact of the pandemic within the broader community, with an emphasis on ensuring equitable access to education above many other demands.

Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto State Superintendent, Hawaii State Department of Education HIDOE808_DrK

Dr. Kent Scribner Superintendent, Fort Worth Independent School District, TX KentPScribner

Multiple Crises Create Multiple Opportunities

November 12, 2020

Leaders of color share their experiences, particularly during times of crisis, as well as strategies their districts were employing to combat not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but the serious economic and racial injustice concerns facing the nation.

Melvin J. Brown Superintendent, Reynoldsburg City Public Schools, OH REYNSupt

Sonya Hunte Office of Equity & Compliance, Anchorage School District, AK HunteSonya

Dr. Sonja Santelises Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools, MD SonjaSantelises

Pushing Through the Barriers to Equity

October 22, 2020

Longtime champions for equity, these superintendents share what it is like to finally be heard and create meaningful change. The conversation focused on policy making and financial barriers.

Dr. Baron Davis Superintendent, Richland School District Two, SC DrBaronDavis

Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton Superintendent, Mount Vernon Schools, NY MVCitySchools

Dr. A. Katrise Perera Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District, OR AKPerera

Commitment to Equity

September 24, 2020

Kicking off Season 2 of the series, three superintendents discuss discuss their experiences – challenges and lessons learned – as schools opened in fall 2020 (either face-to-face, remote, or hybrid).

Guadalupe Guerrero Superintendent, Portland Public Schools, OR Super_GGuerrero

Dr. Aaron Spence Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA BeachSupe

Verletta White Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools, VA VerlettaWhite

Season 1 | 2020

Not Just Vision, but Action

June 25, 2020

Focused on changing both policies and mindsets, superintendents call for substantial but sustainable action with special attention to addressing implicit bias.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson Superintendent, Topeka Public Schools, KS TPS_501

Dr. Khalid Mumin Superintendent, Reading School District, PA DrMuminRSD

Dr. Roberto Padilla Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, NY NewburghSup

Leadership in a New Era

June 18, 2020

Leaders from our nation’s largest districts share their expertise and reactions as the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the current presidential administration could not end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Chancellor Richard A. Carranza New York City Department of Education DOEChancellor

Susana Cordova Superintendent, Denver Public Schools, CO SusanaCDenver

Dr. Janice K. Jackson Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools, IL JaniceJackson

Reducing the Effects of Racism

June 11, 2020

With great wisdom and vulnerability, three superintendents reflect on how the ongoing protests sparked by George Floyd’s death connect to school inequalities and how school systems must listen and act accordingly.

April Kuhn Assistant Superintendent of Advancement, Rowan-Salisbury School District, NC ApriliaKuhn

Dr. Chris Marzcak Superintendent, Maury County Public Schools, TN CJMarczak

Dr. Lynn Moody Superintendent, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, NC Lynn_Moody

Re-Examining our Schools as Potential Systems of Oppression

June 4, 2020

Linking nationwide protests to inequities in education, board of education leaders discuss the killing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) by police represents a physical manifestation of centuries of systemic oppression in the United States.

Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell Board of Education Vice President, Ithaca City School District

Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza Board of Education President, Inglewood Unified School District, CA DrScorza

“Normal Is No Longer Normal:” New Opportunities for Focus on Students’ Health

May 28, 2020

Three superintendents share how their systems addressed issues of inequity, specifically generational poverty, as schools closed.

Dr. John Deasy Superintendent, Stockton Unified School District, CA SuptDeasySUSD

Dr. Lamar Goree Superintendent, Caddo Parish Public Schools, LA CaddoSuptTLG

Dr. Steve Webb Superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools, WA SuptVPS

Strategic Planning and Flexibility – Students First!

May 21, 2020

In a special state commissioner edition, panelists focus on student wellbeing in response to the pandemic and inequalities, especially those in rural areas, high-risk students, and students with special needs.

Jhone Ebert Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Nevada Department of Education JhoneEbert

Angelica Infante-Green Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education AInfanteGreen

Dr. James Lane Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction DrJamesLane

Educating the Whole Child in a Time of Loss

May 14, 2020

Superintendents are joined by noteworthy education activist for discussion on addressing students’ unique needs, particularly those related to social-emotional health and those of students who were underserved before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. Superintendent, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA DrHutchings

Dr. John Malloy Superintendent, San Ramon Unified School District, CA Malloy_John

Dena Simmons, Ed.D. Activist and Educator DenaSimmons

Leading School Systems in an “Ocean of Uncertainty”

May 7, 2020

2020 Superintendent of the Year, Michael Hinojosa, and former Superintendent of the year, Alberto Carvalho, demonstrate a shared philosophy of leading school systems based on the best interest of students and their families.

Alberto Carvalho Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL MiamiSup

Michael Hinojosa Superintendent, Dallas ISD, TX dallasschools

New Visions for Reaching Students

April 30, 2020

Superintendents share strategies for reaching “missing” students and make the argument that the digital divide is a fundamental equity issue that adds to the institutional barriers which already preclude quality education for all students.

Dr. Susan Enfield Superintendent, Highline Public Schools, WA SuptEnfield

Dr. Shaun Nelms Superintendent, East High School, Rochester City School District, NY DrNelms

Dr. Candace Singh Superintendent, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, CA SupSingh

Answering the Call to Innovate

April 16, 2020

In the wake of school closures, superintendents in MO and NY discuss resource inequities and how to best address them through creativity, innovation, boldness, and a willingness to push for change.

Dr. Mark Bedell Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools, MO MarkBedell_KCPS

Dr. L. Oliver Robinson Superintendent, Shenendehowa Central School District NY OliverRobinso13