2018 Equity Summit - Accountable Leadership: Opportunities for Equitable Systems │Southeast Comprehensive Center

Ensuring equitable access for all students is a persistent challenge in the education system. The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) hosted an Equity Summit November 29–30, 2018, in Jackson, Mississippi, with the theme “Accountable Leadership: Opportunities for Equitable Systems.” Participants examined data on equity gaps in specific geographic areas and the role of education systems and leaders to create more equitable opportunities and outcomes. They also developed equity plans related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to implement in their states after the summit.

In response to requests from participants, SECC created an Equity Summit Planning Guide, which provides detailed information and tools to support planning and hosting an off-site event.


As part of the Pre-Summit Activities, a number of participants took part in the Civil Rights Learning Journey, traveling from Jackson, Mississippi, to Birmingham, Alabama.


To ground participants’ equity-related understandings, plans, and actions in local, immediate, and historical realities linked to human rights and civil rights. To engage stakeholders in a critical review and interpretation of education data, particularly with regard to persistent education gaps among various subgroups.



  • Examined state equity-related patterns and trends within the context of educational communities and their geographic locations and identify the equity strengths and challenges within their states;
  • Reviewed content alignment of equity-related Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans and initiatives and analyze the evidence-based strategies and implementation efforts of plans and initiatives for indicators of impact on student learning; and
  • Developed ESSA-related Equity Accountability Commitment Plans for post-summit implementation.


2018 Equity Summit – Accountable Leadership: Opportunities for Equitable Systems

  • Tammie Causey-Konaté, Ph.D., SECC Deputy Director, AIR

Meeting the Needs of English Learners: Designing Equitable Programs and Services

  • Linda Cavazos, Ph.D., Senior TA Consultant, AIR
  • LeighAnne Cheeseman, Assistant State Literacy Coordinator (K–3)/English Learner Coordinator (K–3), Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)
  • Sandra C. Elliott, English Learner Student Intervention Support Specialist (PreK–12), MDE
  • Heidi Goertzen, Ph.D., Senior TA Consultant, SECC at AIR

Trends in Inequity: Opportunity Gaps

  • Rashida Govan, Ph.D., Executive Director, New Orleans Youth Alliance

Six Disruptive Demographics That Will Change America Forever

  • James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Kenan-Flager Business School, Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Innovation Café Round Table Discussion

  • James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Examining Bias and Privilege: A Personal Journey That Impacts How We Work

  • Tammie Knights, Principal TA Consultant, AIR

Eliminating Deficit Ideology and Language

  • Robyn Madison-Harris, Ed.D., Senior TA Consultant, SECC at AIR

Identifying and Dismantling Drivers of Gaps and Segregation

  • Etai Mizrav, Senior TA Consultant, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) at AIR

Video: Focus on Civil and Human Rights

  • Roscoe Jones, Sr., Civil Rights Activist and Founder, Freedom 64

Consultation, Collaboration, and Cooperation: Strengthening American Indian Education


Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum
Native American Student Success: The Effect of Tribal Colleges and Universities on Native American Student Retention
Developing Agreements between Local Education Agencies and American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities: A Wisconsin Perspective

  • Taishya Adams, Senior TA Consultant, Midwest Comprehensive Center at AIR

Equitable and Adequate Education Funding: Giving All Students the Opportunity to Succeed

  • Drew Atchison, Ph.D., Researcher, AIR

Addressing Disparities in Discipline: Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsion

  • Bersheril Bailey, Senior TA Consultant, Great Lakes Comprehensive Center at AIR

Family-Community-Equity and Student Success

  • Marion Baldwin, Senior TA Consultant, AIR

Equity Leadership

  • Tammie Causey-Konaté, Ph.D., SECC Deputy Director, AIR

The Challenges of Realizing Educational Equity Across States: Recruiting High-Quality Teachers

  • Archie Hill, Ph.D., Research Associate, RMC Research Corporation

Talent Management for Equitable Access: Partnering to Build Comprehensive Mentoring and Induction Programs in Low-Performing Schools and Addressing Inequities Through the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy

  • Dana Chambers, Principal TA Consultant
  • Lisa Lachlan, Ed.D., Principal Researcher, GTL Center at AIR;
  • Vernesia Wilson, Ph.D., Office Director II, Mississippi Department of Education

Insights for Diversifying the Educator Workforce: A Data Tool for Practitioners

  • Etai Mizrav, Senior TA Consultant, GTL Center at AIR

Focus on Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping
GIS Mapping Links for States

  • Trent Sharp, Senior TA Consultant, AIR
Event Information

November 29, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Tammie Causey
Senior TA Consultant