The Equity Exchange provided a tremendous opportunity to not only reflect on and discuss issues facing equity in education today, but engage with other thought partners to create plans of action going back into schools and districts. I found the Equity Exchange to be intellectually challenging, but also thought provoking as a professional in ways that will impact my professional practice for years to come.
-Tyler Archer,
Academic Instructional Coach,
Saint Louis Public Schools

The Equity Exchange was conceived through numerous conversations with educators around the nation who expressed the need to advance our work beyond "Diversity 101."

Colleagues in both the public and private school worlds would talk fondly about all of the conferences, workshops and institutes for individuals and schools, all of which began important diversity, inclusivity, equity and social justice work. However, educators in this work 5, 10, 15+ years have had limited access to the next levels of discussion and strategy. A clarion call has arisen for an opportunity to deepen and sharpen our skills in a think tank atmosphere.

In July 2014, we assembled a design team of independent, private and public school educators and professionals for a retreat in St. Louis. After two days of intensive workshopping, we settled in on many of the core principles that would guide our concept. Whether in person or by skype, we are forever grateful for the contributions each made toward the launching of The Equity Exchange in July 2015.

Since 2015, The Exchange has welcomed more than 100 participants from 13 states representing 42 different independent, private, public and charter schools, school districts or organizations.

This is the only public / private partnership I’ve seen around diversity. The Equity Exchange was an amazing opportunity to wed two sectors of schools around an issue that is of extreme importance.  I look forward to seeing the outcomes of this partnership in coming months and years!
-Brian L. Johnson,
Director of Admission 1st Grade - 7th Grade,
Diversity Coordinator,
The Philadelphia School

The mission of The Equity Exchange turns on four key commitments to:

Explore Research

that informs best practices while testing their value for public and private school environments.

Advance Principles

formative ideas and methods that strengthen our ability to champion vital work in our school communities.

Construct Practices

that can be replicated in our schools and districts, leveraging the wisdom in the room while receiving personal coaching from our facilitators,

Extend Relationships

and expand our networks. Continue collaborating well beyond the institute week via quarterly “Cohort Connections.”

We recognize this work, by its very nature, is a dynamic endeavor and that the only constant in social, cultural and global progress is change – in practical terms, The Exchange will seek and deliver new research and topics every year, never relying on a static curriculum.

And so we continue our pursuit of the next level of excellence as we welcome our fifth class of The Equity Exchange.

2019 TEE Planning Team

Our Original Design Team

  • Caroline Blackwell- NAIS Vice President, Equity & Justice; 2015-19 planning team & facilitation leader

  • Charlotte Blessing - Director of Global Education, Lakeside School

  • Lewis Bryant - Director of Multicultural Services, Buckingham, Brown & Nichols

  • Dion Crushshon - Director of International & Off-Campus Programs, The Blake School; 2015 presenter

  • Haliday Douglas - Director of Talent Strategy & Management, Saint Louis Public Schools; 2015-19 planning team

  • David Harris - Private Practice/LCSW; 2015 - 2019 planning team & facilitator

  • Christopher Hinshaw - Director of Sustainability, John Burroughs School

  • Ulric Johnson - Founder & Director, Teens Advocating a Global Vision

  • Rosetta Lee - Profesional Outreach, Seattle Girls' School; 2015-19 planning team & facilitator

  • Christel McGuigan - Director of Equity and Instruction, Lakeside School

  • Marie Michael - Chair for Equity and Instruction, The Blake School

  • Eddie Moore, Jr. - Executive Director, The Privilege Institute

  • Matt Nink - Executive Director, Global Youth Leadership Institute

  • Brittany Packnett - VP of National Community Alliances, Teach for America; 2015-19 presenter

  • Charles Pearson - Superintendent, Normandy Schools; CEO/Lead Trainer, Innovative Education Solutions, LLC

  • Mark Smith - History Department Chair, John Burroughs School

  • Rita Starr - Founder & Program Designer, Healing Our Nation

  • Steven Tejada - Director of Upper School, Maret School

  • Chris Thinnes - Executive Director, Center for the Future of Education & Democracy; 2015-19 planning team & facilitator

  • Carla Young - Director of Community and Multicultural Programs, Cranbrook Schools

Our Local Planning Team

  • Ellen Bremner - John Burroughs School

  • Sara Martens - Saint Louis Public Schools

  • Daniel Harris - John Burroughs School

  • Tammy Taylor - John Burroughs School