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Equity Leadership Parnterships

SWIFT Education Center launched four new partnerships with school districts to participate in an Equity Leadership research grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  We are looking forward to engaging in thoughtful discourse and professional learning with small groups of principals and their school leadership teams in…

Cumberland County Schools, North Carolina

Guilford County Schools, North Carolina

San Diego Unified School District, California

Teton County School District #1, Wyoming

We are grateful to these districts for allowing us to work in their communities with their leaders.  The focus of our shared work will be to transform school culture and systems to provide an equitable learning environment where all students can thrive.  If you know us, then you know that when we say all, we mean all—across the complete range of student variation.

Our aim is to equip principals to support teachers through shifts in practice while at the same time shifting their own leadership practices to create dynamic learning environments.  To navigate across the myriad of educators’ professional literacies and allow for merging of cultural and institutional belief patterns is not a task for the faint-hearted.  But it can be done—we’ve seen it happen in schools from coast to coast.

Cumberland, Guilford, San Diego and Teton district leaders, principals, and school leadership teams are ready to bring their strengths and commitments to educate students in their communities.  We are ready to bring our high-quality tools, proven practices, and belief in the power of educators to change the way they “do school” so that each and every student knows they belong and are well supported to learn and grow.  Working together we expect really great things to happen. Thank you to these districts for the priviledge of being your partner in this endeavor.

Ms. Woods manages communications and product development for SWIFT Education Center in the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas.