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.
The mission of The Equity Exchange turns on four key commitments to:
that informs best practices while testing their value for public and private school environments.
formative ideas and methods that strengthen our ability to champion vital work in our school communities.
that can be replicated in our schools and districts, leveraging the wisdom in the room while receiving personal coaching from our facilitators,
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