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Join us for Discovery Education Equity Talks, a live webinar series featuring our nation’s top education leaders with a focus on cultivating equity and excellence. 

Next Session: Thursday, October 22  
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

In the first season in Spring 2020, Discovery Education and Dr. Luvelle Brown – superintendent of Ithaca City School District and former New York State Superintendent of the Year – facilitated Equity Talks, a series of equity-focused sessions led by superintendents and Board of Education members throughout the United States and Canada.

Equity Talks is returning for a new season with new featured guests each session. These 45-minute segments are designed to provide guidance and support to educators across the country and internationally who are struggling with issues of equity that, while always a topic of concern, have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, nationwide civil unrest, and the need to rely on remote and hybrid learning.

Register to attend the upcoming session on Thursday, October 22 and you’ll also receive access to the Discovery Education Equity Talks: Findings and Insights Report. This research report explores equity in education with exclusive insights from the first season webinar series. Created in collaboration with McREL International, the report provides in-depth analysis:

  • Review of Literature: Equity in Education including COVID-19, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Diverse Teacher Pipelines, Social Emotional Learning/Trauma-Informed Education, and more
  • Findings & Insights
  • Conclusions & Recommendations

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Guest educational leaders will explore topics such as:

Assessment of Learning Needs: now and when schools reopen

For all students, with specific attention to the needs of:

  • Historically underserved groups of students, including students who are low-income
  • Students of color, disabilities, and temporary housing
  • Multilingual learners

Allocation of Resources: staff, time, and materials

For extended learning time during the summer and for the 2020-2021 school year based on student need.

  • Ensuring that the most vulnerable students are prioritized for instructional and socio-emotional support
  • Opportunities to catch up and advance academically

Budget Implications

Reopening schools safely and playing catch-up with students who’ve been out of school for weeks or perhaps months.

  • Closing this year’s budget
  • Evaluating the impact of school closure
  • Preparing for 2020-2021 school year

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 22

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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

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

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

Thursday, November 12

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Dr. Deena Bishop
Superintendent, Anchorage School District, AK

Dwight D. Jones
Senior Deputy Superintendent, Equity, Denver Public Schools, CO

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

Thursday, December 3

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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

Archived Sessions

Commitment to Equity


Guadalupe Guerrero
Superintendent, Portland Public Schools, OR

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

Verletta White
Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools, VA

New Visions for Reaching Students


Dr. Susan Enfield
Superintendent, Highline Public Schools, WA

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

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

Leading School Systems in an “Ocean of Uncertainty”


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

Michael Hinojosa
Superintendent, Dallas ISD, TX

Educating the Whole Child in a Time of Loss


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

Dr. John Malloy
Director of Education, Toronto District School Board, Ontario Canada

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.
Activist and Educator

Strategic Planning and Flexibility – Students First! 


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

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

Dr. James Lane
Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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


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

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

Dr. Steve Webb
Superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools, WA

Re-Examining our Schools as Potential Systems of Oppression


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

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

Reducing the Effects of Racism


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

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

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

Leadership in a New Era


Chancellor Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Susana Cordova
Superintendent, Denver Public Schools, CO

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

Not Just Vision, but Action


Dr. Khalid Mumin
Superintendent, Reading School District, PA

Dr. Roberto Padilla
Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, NY
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Dr. Tiffany Anderson
Superintendent, Topeka Public Schools, KS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Discovery Education Equity Talks?
Discovery Education Equity Talks is a live webinar series featuring the nation’s top educational leaders as they engage with one another in a virtual environment.

When do these talks take place?
Equity Talks take place on Thursdays with new featured guests each session.

Who should attend Equity Talks?
School superintendents, school board members, district administrators, and site administrators will benefit most from this series of conversations.

How can I make sure that I am able to join the webinar?
Go to and click the “Join” button.

What do I do if I need technical assistance?
If you are unable to join the meeting, please visit the Zoom Support Center for useful information. Reminder: before the event, we highly recommend you test your connection by joining a test meeting at

Will this event be recorded?
Yes, Equity Talks are recorded and archives live on this site.

Where is my confirmation email?
Your confirmation email will come from JotForm ( If you do not see this email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folder as it may have been filtered out. And be sure to add to your email contacts list going forward. Doing this will ensure that future communications aren’t lost in your spam filter. Need help? Here’s instructions for different email clients.