AASA Equity Cohort


Dates: August 19, 2022 – May 13, 2023

Location: Virtual

Registration Fee (per team):
    Nonmember Price: $2,500
    AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

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About the AASA Equity Cohort

The recent global pandemic has highlighted the inequities that have been engineered into the public school systems that should be serving ALL young people. AASA is calling to action school leadership teams committed to addressing the greatest social justice and civil rights issues in the United States — educational inequity.

The AASA Equity Cohort will facilitate 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.

Participants will engage in lively discussions with experienced lead teachers, national experts and a cadre of passionate school leaders focused on cultivating equity and excellence.


Who Should Attend?

AASA is seeking courageous leaders to crusade against the inequities that have plagued our public schools for centuries.

Much of the work will be team-oriented so leaders are encouraged to attend as a district team of up to five individuals. Superintendents, cabinet-level administrators, principals and teachers will all benefit from this program.

What Will I Learn?

District teams will engage in a series of activities designed to evoke individual and collective abilities to self-reflect, engage in productive conflict, and change instructional practices, behaviors and district policies.

In addition, district teams will explore ways to cultivate positive and productive classroom, school and district culture. While developing the mindset needed to enhance cultural responsiveness and inclusion, district teams will also enhance their individual skills in these areas.

District teams will reflect and engage with these complex topics as a community of educators with a singular focus on cultivating equity and excellence for all students.  

Ultimately, participants will:
  • use a needs assessment to develop short- and long-term goals for their districts 
  • develop case studies and actionable plans based on real-time district issues 
  • design ways to keep themselves accountable when implementing equity plans 
  • craft actions which foster love, liberation and belonging in school districts 
  • identify ways in which school districts can create more equitable experiences and outcomes for all students 

Lead Faculty

LuvelleLuvelle Brown, superintendent, Ithaca City School District, New York

  Luvelle Brown has served as superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York since January 2011. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, Dr. Brown had experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO and district-level leader in Virginia.

During his tenure in Ithaca, the ICSD has experienced significant levels of success. The graduation rate has skyrocketed from 78 percent to above 94 percent , while students are reaching unprecedented levels of performance, including an 8 percent increase in enrollment and diversity in higher-level courses, an 8 percent increase in attendance, a 53 percent increase in enrollment in co-curricular programs, a 6 percent increase in number of students reading on-grade level K-5, a 63 percent reduction in discipline referrals, and a reduction of the district’s Special Education classification rate from significantly above state average (14.8 percent) to significantly below (11.6 percent).


TraciDavisTraci Davis Ed.S., Co- Lead Superintendent, AASA, The School Superintendents Association 

Traci Davis has a distinguished career as an educator, she has worked in a variety of schools ranging from at-promise to affluent, high-achieving to failing, and has helped transform learning environments in elementary-, middle- and high schools. As the former superintendent of the Washoe County School District (WCSD) in Reno, NV, Traci Davis served more than 64,000 students, their families, and more than 8,000 employees. Her transformational and passionate educational leadership resulted in sweeping gains in student achievement and performance as the district works toward its goal of "Every Child, By Name and Face, to Graduation." Through her "deliberate and intentional" call to action equity initiative, the district's graduation rates rose from 63 percent 87 percent and significantly closed achievement gaps for ALL students.  

Superintendent Davis was awarded the Nevada National Distinguished Principal Award in 2011 for her efforts to transform an at-promise school to a high-achieving school in Clark County. She was named among "10 Women to Watch" by Nevada Business Magazine and was a finalist for the Sierra Nevada Powerful Women Awards 2018, sponsored by Northern Nevada Business Weekly. She has the distinguished honor of being the AASA National Dr. Effie Jones Humanitarian Award Winner for her long-standing commitment to her deliberate and intentional equity work. She continues to serve on the National Home Visit Board of directors.  

She is a proud graduate of the inaugural class of AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy.

Program Dates & Details

Program Duration: August 19, 2022-May 13, 2023

Kick-off will be in conjunction with the AASA/Howard Urban Superintendents Academy on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 8:30am until 3:30 pm in Alexandria, Virginia.
Monthly cohort convenings will be held virtually the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11am - 1pm ET, starting September 10, 2022.  

In-person cohort Luncheon will be held the day before the National Conference on Education 2023 in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

Virtual Meeting Topics Include:  

  • Cultivating a Culture of Equity and Excellence in School Districts
  • White Supremacy Culture and White Fragility
  • Implicit and Unconscious Bias
  • Inclusion
  • Evaluating Systems with an Equity Lens: Looking at Data and Defining Metrics
  • Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking for Equity
  • Leading your Board and Community with a Focus on Equity
  • The Intersection of SEL and Equity 

The cohort will also engage in virtual site visits and develop capstone projects, action plans, resources and other publications that will be shared with AASA members and other administrators.

Pricing per team (up to five participants from the same district).

Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

Not a member? Join now to save $500!

Once the primary lead registers, they will have the ability to invite up to four additional team members.

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Questions?  Contact Jessica Gordon, program manager, AASA Leadership Network or Mort Sherman, senior associate executive director, AASA Leadership Network.