Date: 09/13/2017 - 09/27/2017
Location: webinar - webinar,
Facilitators: Deirdre Williams and Kelly Brown
Leading for Equity, Webinar

In this three-part interactive webinar series, school leaders will learn how to lead for equity within their school. This session will gather school leaders from across the country, to dive deep into what it means to lead for equity. This series will provide specific resources that school leaders can utilize right away to support their staff, students and community understand what it means to be fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence.

Dates:  September 13, 20, 27, 2017
Cost: $55 for the entire series
Contact: Kari Thierer,

The facilitators for this three-part webinar series are Dr. Deirdre Williams (Texas) and Dr. Kelly Brown; long-time educators who have experience leading schools with a fierce commitment to equity.

Dr. Deirdre Williams
Deirdre was introduced to the principles and practices of SRI critical friendship as a first-year science teacher. This philosophy had such a profound impact on her teaching that she made it her mission to continue this work, first as the science department chair, then as a school leader, and now at the Harris County Department of Education.Deirdre is credited with leading a turnaround school in Houston, and she attributes the success of the school to the deeply embedded work of SRI critical friendship. The culture of trust, embedded in action, was established with teachers and staff first.  This translated to a positive culture of high expectations and a belief that all students could and would learn at high cognitive levels.  With her leadership and commitment to students, in four years the school went from underperforming to the only state-recognized middle-school STEM academy in the Houston Independent School District.Deirdre has continued to support schools while serving as an elected board member for SRI, as well as in her current professional role of preparing school leaders and district superintendents where she continues to bring her commitment to equity and excellence for all students.

She has a background in epidemiology, along with experience in educational research and program evaluation.

Dr. Kelly Brown
Dr. Kelly Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University.  As a former administrator and teacher in the Houston area, she is passionate about ensuring all students have access to a quality education.  Dr. Brown is focusing her research on improving policy and professional development to achieve equitable outcomes for learners.  She is an avid writer, researcher, teacher and advocate for students.

Follow Dr. Brown @drkabrown

This webinar learning series will include three interactive 90-Minute sessions, with opportunities to continue the conversations and learning in-between sessions.

Session 1 – September 13, 2017 –  3:30-5:00 PM Eastern
Equity vs. Equality
Building a shared understanding of what we mean by equity, and the role of the school leader in holding this work for their students, staff and community.

Session 2 – September 20, 2017 – 3:30-5:00 PM Eastern
Looking at Data through an Equity Lens
What is the story your data is telling you? How do you know? In this session, we will look at data through an equity lens and provide tools for you to take this conversation back into your school building.

Session 3 – September 27, 2017 – 3:30-5:00 PM Eastern
Now What – Action Planning for the Upcoming School Year
This session will help school leaders design an action plan for the upcoming school year, that includes a deep focus on educational equity and excellence. Leaders will have the opportunity to learn from others, and develop a plan that will help you bring you bring a focus of equity to your school for the 2017-2018 school year.

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