Faculty and Professional Outreach Specialist
Seattle Girls' School
What distinguishes The Equity Exchange from other Institutes is that it is a collaborative learning space shared by public and private school leaders. We learn AND practice strategies for self-care, we turn formative ideas into honed ones through brilliant thought partners from the cohort, and we incorporate a train-the-trainer element in which you get personal coaching from me and other facilitators to lead various activities and modes of discussion. The Equity Exchange is a wonderful “next step” for educators who want to move beyond the "what" and into the "how" of leading equity work in their schools.
Kelvin Adams, PhD
Saint Louis Public Schools
The Equity Exchange has been a real source of pride among the St. Louis Public School District’s various community partnerships. Uniquely, our focus has been on doing the work of professional capacity-building of school and District leaders to examine institutional, personal and professional cultures, mindsets, and practices through the lens of social equity. How do we harness the nascent assets of our resilient students to increase the rigor, relevance and magnetism of our academic and extracurricular programming? What levers in terms of institutional policies and practices must be elevated or eliminated to enhance student belonging and ownership of our school communities? And, importantly, as practitioners – both individually and collectively – in what ways must we grow in our understanding and behavior to better share power and embolden all students to lead and succeed both at school and at home, and in childhood and in adulthood? These are some of the key questions staff from Saint Louis Public Schools has been honored to partner with John Burroughs School and NAIS to problem-raise and solve around. Better still, these are some of the key questions that have shaped the sort of rich dialogue that continues to propel improvements in how we have operationalized our support for educators and students across our schools over the past three years…and counting.