Equity

As a school leader, you advance behavior, systems, and environments that ensure each member of your school community is known, valued, treated justly, and receives the high-quality, individualized education to succeed in a global world

Explore the many sessions you can attend led by your peers and walk away with equitable initiatives and strategies that you can lead in your school.

NPC21 will inspire each of us—to fight for equity, innovate, and cultivate wellness in education and our practice. Click here to see the complete conference schedule.

Concurrent Sessions

Are Men of Color in Education Leadership on the Verge of Extinction?

Level: K–12

With teacher percentages of African American and Latino men at rates lower than 2% and retention rates at all-time lows, the risk of men of color disappearing from leadership pipelines is becoming increasingly real. Since 2017, Men of Color in Education Leadership (MCEL) has been a national education and advocacy group of school district superintendents, executive leaders, principals, and assistant principals focused on accelerating outcomes for all students through growing and developing male educational leaders of color. This session will focus on strategies MCEL is using to develop agency in individual leaders of color and their allies.

Presenter

  • Andy Cole
    Consultant, Wallace Foundation, Reston, VA

Meadowbrook High School: The Journey From Diversity to Inclusion

Level: High School

In this session, we will share strategies that we are utilizing to make our school truly inclusive. Our school is the most diverse high school in Chesterfield County, with Black and Hispanic Students accounting for most of our population. Although diversity is an obvious fact for us, as second-year administrators in the building, we are working to move our school community to become more inclusive. We will discuss employing culturally responsive teaching strategies, rethinking our master schedule, increasing CTE pathways, increasing community involvement, improving social media presence, and more to create an environment in which all students can flourish.

Presenters

  • Marcie R. Terry
    Principal, Meadowbrook High School, North Chesterfield, VA
  • Deborah Romig
    Associate Principal, Meadowbrook High School, North Chesterfield, VA

Diamonds in the Sky: Building Collaborative Teacher Leadership in an International High School for ELL Students

Level: High School

Creating a diamond takes the right amount of collaboration, time, and struggle between school leaders and teachers. The International High School at Largo in Prince George’s County, MD, is a specialty high school designed for English-language learners. The International High School employs its D.I.A.M.O.N.D. approach to collaborative teacher leadership. During the session, school leaders will explore practices that build the teacher leader’s capacity to impact academic achievement and lead through data-focused collaboration, organized structures, professional learning, transparency, and modeling by school leadership.

Presenters

  • Alison Hanks-Sloan
    Principal, International High School at Largo, Largo, MD
  • Regena Williams
    Assistant Principal and Instructional Specialist, International High School at Largo, Largo, MD
  • William Shulman
    Instructional Coach, International High School at Largo, Largo, MD

Building Leadership, Voice, and Equity Through Student Activities and Athletics

Level: High School

This presentation will focus on how to work with student leaders to build ownership, student voice, and equity in athletics, activities, and school. The areas of focus will be working with student leaders to develop a mission and vision; set goals; communicate using social media/public speaking; develop student athletic directors, captains, and club leaders; run leadership labs; educate them through ongoing learning; celebrate success; increase involvement in the community; overcome adversity (such as canceled seasons); and develop leaders who are champions of character.

Presenters

  • Kelly Hart
    Assistant Principal, Sam Barlow High school, Greshman, OR
  • Majalise Tolan
    Secondary Teaching and Learning Director, Lincoln County School District, Newport, OR

Bridging the Gap: Restorative Justice in School and Community

Level: High School

The session will be an overview of a program that is a partnership between Cherry Hill High School (CHHS) West and the Cherry Hill Police Department (CHPD). Data proved that policies on school discipline needed to move from practices rooted in punitive measures to ones rooted in restorative measures. Concurrently, the chief of police was looking at restorative justice models to implement within the township. CHHS West and the CHPD partnered to create a program that focused on restorative healing practices that are holistic in nature and take into consideration the role that human development and community play in the drivers of youth delinquency.

Presenters

  • Kwame Morton
    Principal, Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • William Monaghan
    Police Officer, Cherry Hill Police Department, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Carole Roskoph
    Teacher, Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ

Transforming Your School With an Equity Framework

Level: High School

Do you lead your school with equity at the forefront? In this session, identify next steps to move your school culture to an inclusive, positive climate with equity as a common thread. For those new to this work, learn how to look at data to inform goals, engage all stakeholders, and support teachers in planning and implementing instruction with an equitable lens. For those already engaged in this work, this session will provide space to learn how others are doing this work and reflect on next steps for you in your equity leadership journey.

Presenter

  • Alicia M. Perez-Katz
    Principal, Baruch College Campus High School, New York, NY

HRC and NASSP LGBTQ+ School Leaders Network

Level: K–12

This session will feature the Human Rights Campaign and school leaders who will share how they have created safe and welcoming school climates for LGBTQ+ students, teachers, and other school staff. They will discuss strategies for engaging LGBTQ+ students in school programs and activities and ensuring they have a voice in their school. Attendees will have the opportunity to share how they are working with LGBTQ+ students and staff to lead learning and build culture in their own schools. Finally, attendees will learn more about a national network of LGBTQ+ school leaders.

Presenters

  • Dr. Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei
    Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Dixie Rae Garrison
    Principal, West Jordan Middle School, West Jordan, UT
  • Dustin Miller
    Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Parents as Partners—Engaging Families During the Pandemic and Beyond

Level: K–12

COVID-19 has propelled the education system into new and unchartered waters as educators and families navigate digital teaching and learning. While the learning curve has been steep, it has offered many opportunities to better engage with families and garner community support. This session will discuss several high- and low-tech options to improve family engagement, build better bonds within our communities, and improve student and staff outcomes. Join me for a dynamic conversation about how to engage families effectively in our new normal and garner more support in the fight for educational equity.

Presenter

  • Nkoyo-Ene Effiong Lewis
    Founder and Principal Attorney, The Effiong Firm LLC, Atlanta, GA

Leading a Culture of Unity and Diversity

Level: K–12

This session is an authentic discussion on race, unity, and leadership. Principals will learn practical ways to embrace diversity and unity in their schools and examine their own biases. Most of all, principals will leave ready and equipped to lead a school that unites rather than divides, builds up rather than tears down, and empowers rather than enrages. Principals will look at four white lies we often tell ourselves, hear real-life examples of leading unity, and learn how we can embrace and celebrate diversity in our schools.

Presenters

  • Derek McCoy
    2014 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year; Director of Learning and Innovation at Grady County Schools, Cairo, GA
  • Bill Ziegler
    NASSP Board Member; 2015 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year; Principal, Pottsgrove High School, Pottstown, PA

That One Kid

Level: K–12

This high-energy session teaches specifically how to build and maintain relationships with the most challenging high-risk kids. Learn to defuse power struggles with almost any student, in any situation, at any time with a step-by-step process. Uncover two words that will stop mouthy kids in their tracks, keep them in class, and allow the teacher to get back to instruction. Discover the key to proactive, fair, and equitable discipline methods and walk away with numerous strategies for effectively and efficiently handling unwanted behaviors.

Presenter

  • Brian Mendler
    Speaker, Author, Teacher Learning Center, Rochester, NY

Building a Culture of Community

Level: K–12

Creating an organization’s culture is one of the most important aspects of a leader’s job. The culture of an organization is central to its success. This session will discuss building a collaborative, innovative, creative, student-centered culture through research and practical experiences. In the 21st century, schools need to rethink how they have always done things and be thoughtful about how to use agency, build community, focus on both academic and social-emotional needs, personalize learning, tell their story, and create an environment where students are able to become college, career, and community ready.

Presenter

  • Mariah L. Rackley
    Principal, Cedar Crest Middle School, Lebanon, PA