AASA, The School Superintendents Association advocates for equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education, and develops and supports school system leaders.
"Without equity, we can't ensure that our students' public school experiences provide access to the knowledge, skills and resources that will enable them to care for themselves and their children, and their children's children."
"Achieving equity and excellence in education is not about treating all students equally. Rather, it is accomplished though treating each student justly given the context and their circumstances. Equity-focused leaders act deliberately to create a more just and humane world."
"To achieve equity, we must reduce the predictability of who succeeds and who fails in our schools. We must cultivate the unique gifts of every young person and we will truly transform this country. Shame on us if we don't use this opportunity to address the inequities that have plagued our schools for generations."
"I was born in Cuba, and at age 9, my family moved to New York where I learned English. At 15, I knew I wanted a career in public education so I could help other children like me. Since then, no matter what position I've held, the issue of equity has always been a central aspect of my life."
"If we are to strengthen society and model for our youth the importance of well-minded thinking, especially during these uncertain times, we must create significant teachable moments by putting a clear focus on equity and acceptance. Our actions must be such that students see and feel a noticeable difference in their education. Now is the time when schools are called upon to be safe havens against racism and inequality. AASA is proud to enhance its website that will provide ample resources to help school districts launch courageous conversations about equity in urban, suburban and rural communities."
"I think for too long, people who are in the majority culture — people like me — have just assumed that since our lives are OK and since everything looks fine to us that everything is fine for everyone, and that's just not true. So coming to terms with the reality of where we are now and what's actually going on is critical to making and driving change — to really make sure that we are focusing on equity and on meeting the needs of each and every child, each and every adult in our care."
"Equity is confronting and altering institutional biases of student marginalization, deficit-based schooling and low expectations associated with race, class, culture and language, gender and sexual orientation, and disability or special status."
"To ensure each child has access to equitable, rigorous and relevant educational opportunities, AASA's Leadership Network is committed to supporting a pipeline of diverse school superintendents and educational leaders as they refine the knowledge, skills and dispositions for highly effective leadership. AASA believes that ensuring equitable access to learning opportunities for ALL children must be a priority for all school system leaders as we strive to create inclusive learning communities."
"Equity is at the center of the AASA organizational mission and our federal advocacy work. Any federal policy focused on improving educational outcomes for all kids must start by getting serious about identifying, addressing, and eliminating institutional and structural biases that marginalize students. AASA's legislative agenda — and its complementary Beliefs and Positions — are built on a foundation of equity, and represent the policy priorities and positions of the nation's public school superintendents."
Through professional learning and networking, AASA seeks to identify the policies, practices and protocols that limit access for children of color and low-income children.
In Leading for Equity webinars, podcasts and blogs, AASA highlights courageous educational leaders who are tackling practices that result in disparate outcomes for students.
The Urban Superintendents Academy is designed for those who want to take on leadership roles in our nation's rapidly-growing urban areas. Help accelerate academic performance growth and be a champion for historically-underrepresented and diverse populations.
The Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Latino and Latina Leaders is a highly interactive year-long program that provides participants with the real-world skills a next-generation Latino and Latina superintendent will need to thrive.
The AASA Equity Cohort facilitates intentional and deliberate actions to address equity in rural, suburban and urban school districts. The cohort provides school leaders and their teams with a safe, collaborative and action-oriented learning space for courageous conversations about equity in schools.
This virtual symposium was hosted by The Department of Educational Leadership at Howard University in partnership with AASA, the National Alliance of Black School Educators and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The Convening provided a space for Black women who currently lead in schools, school districts, universities and educational organizations to share, connect and tell their leadership stories.
The keynote addresses were given by Leslie Fenwick ("Black Women: Leading with Character and Vision"), founding dean of the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy, and Iyanla Vanzant ("Revolutionary Self-care for Black Women Who Lead"), a nationally known life coach and author.
View the event recording here.
On August 21, 2020, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, celebrated the beginning of its sixth cohort of the Urban Superintendents Academy with a national summit on "Racism and Equity."
The academy is a cross-institutional professional development program involving a partnership between AASA, Howard University and the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
It offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification, and is designed to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation's urban areas.
Access a synthesis report presenting highlights of the summit, and key ideas and strategies presented by guest speakers here.
Since 2007, AASA and the University Council for Educational Administration have joined forces with Duquesne University to issue a call to women from around the world to address issues of social justice, equity and advancement in K-12 and higher education.
Researchers and practitioners from all seven continents present papers on the status of women in educational leadership, ways that women attain positions of formal leadership within school systems and universities, and programs and processes for the preparation of educational leaders.
The WLE network has convened every two years: 2007 in Rome, Italy; 2009 in Augsburg, Germany; 2011 in Volos, Greece; 2013 in Apam, Ghana; 2015 in Hamilton, New Zealand; 2017 in Duque de Caxias, Brazil; and 2019 in Nottingham, England. The 8th international conference will take place July 2021 in the Philippines.
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