How Your District Can Assess Resource Equity and Propel Achievement

Posted by on January 14, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center Online Learning Series Erasing the Opportunity Gap: How Your District Can Assess Resource Equity and Propel Achievement

Friday, January 31, 2013
1:00 p.m. ­ – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Edwin C. Darden, J.D., Director of Education Law and Policy, Appleseed

Target Audience: Superintendents, Central Office Administrators, School Board Members, Principals, Teachers, and Parents

Session Description: This session is designed to help school board members, educators, and parents to think differently about how education resources are deployed in high-poverty neighborhoods versus schools in affluent neighborhoods within the same district. Aside from money, key resources that translate to greater learning opportunities include: principal/teacher preparation and experience; building conditions; access to advanced classes; and more. With the preoccupation on outcomes, this session suggests that renewed attention on inputs and leveraging the authority that local school boards have to distribute resources can unlock a powerful tool for improving achievement in struggling schools. This strategy coupled with training from the Equity Center, can help facilitate essential conversations between school board members and district staff, empower district administrators to think critically as agents of equity within their school systems, and offer support for embarking on a process that opens access to educational opportunities for all children.

Learning Objectives:

1. Increased their understanding of “resource equity” and their role as decision-makers in resource allocation;

2. Gained strategies and tools to measure resource distribution in their own districts; and

3. Learned about available Equity Center trainings to help district leaders integrate equity considerations into their roles.

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The Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center is one of ten regional equity assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide technical assistance and training services in the areas of race, gender and national origin (English Language Learners/ESL) free of charge to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies in federally-designated Region III, which includes: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The goal of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center is to ensure that all children have access to equitable education opportunities in order to complete college and succeed in their careers.

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