The Equity Event

All students deserve the chance to succeed, regardless of family income, where they live - rural, urban or suburban, race/ethnicity or cultural background, or other personal factors. But disparities in outcomes exist.

Full Day Pre-Conference

April 5 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Deep Equity Process: Working Together for Inclusion, Equity and Excellence

Are you managing diversity or leading for equity? This highly interactive, arts-infused pre-conference will take attendees through all key phases in a systemic process for achieving greater equity in your schools and district.

  • Led by engaging experts with deep and diverse backgrounds and proven success in education equity and systemic outcomes.
  • Topics will include identifying deeper causes of “the gaps,” determining your current state related to equity, the student engagement component and the school teams process.

Pre-Conference: The Deep Equity Process
Registration Fee: Member district registration fee is $110/person. Non-member fee is $110/person. The fee includes online conference materials, lunch and breaks. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, March 24, 2017.


Gary Howard, the author of “You Can’t Lead Where You Won’t Go,” has worked with public school district leaders nationwide in the work of personal, professional and systemic transformation for the purpose of achieving equity in our schools.

Tucson-based Wade Colwell-Sandoval is a veteran educator, devoted “artivist,” and national lead consultant on Deep Equity and student aspirations, who uses cultural/creative modalities like hip-hop music and movement in his work.

Benjie Howard is founder of New Wilderness Project, a musical performance group and arts-based education program focused on developing youth leadership for equity and social justice.

The Deep Equity Process – Agenda

Working Together for Inclusion, Equity, and Excellence
An ASBA Pre-Conference Workshop with Gary Howard, Wade Colwell-Sandoval, and Benjie Howard

Morning Session – 9 a.m. – noon

  • Introduction and Opening Comments from Dr. Tim Ogle
  • Establishing the Space for Creative Collaboration: Musical Opening and Community Agreements
  • Reflective Leadership Conversation
    • Deeper Causes of the “Gaps”
    • The Casey Foundation “Race for Results” Study
  • Overview of the Deep Equity Systemic Equity Process
    • Key Concepts: Inclusion, Equity, and Excellence
    • Phases of the Work and Levels of Engagement
  • The Personal Growth Dimension of the Work
    • Culture Toss Activity
    • Definition of Cultural Competence

Lunch – noon – 1 p.m.

Afternoon Session 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • The Social/Political Dimension of the Work: “We, the People” Activity
  • The Student Engagement Dimension of the Work
    • Youth Equity Stewardship Process (YES!)
    • Sample Student Video Clips
    • Definition of Culturally Responsive Teaching
    • Seven Principles for Culturally Responsive Practice
  • The Leadership and Organizational Dimensions of the Work
    • “Managing Diversity” versus “Leading for Equity”
    • Tracking Deep Equity Outcomes
    • Deep Equity Implementation Components
  • Action Takeaways: Leadership Equity Commitments
  • Musical Closing

The Equity Event April 6-7

April 6 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. + Hosted Reception
April 7 | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join school board members, district and community at ASBA’s third-annual Equity Event –a national model for education equity leadership learning and training!

You’ll dig into leadership strategies and promising practices for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps through dynamic and interactive keynote addresses and general sessions, plus 15 breakout sessions – all lead by a diverse group of Arizona and national experts.

Interactive Keynote Address

“Moving the Needle through Intentional Leadership” led by nationally recognized cultural diversity and inclusion, leadership, strategic planning and team building trainer, facilitator and coach Diane Burbie.

Plus… Four General Sessions

  • “Finding Your Voice”
  • “Changing Minds: The Science Behind ACEs and Their Impact on Student Learning”
  • “Funding Equity: Are you Putting Your Dollars Where Your Priorities Are?”
  • And the deeply authentic and engaging “Student Voices” panel

And 15 Breakout Sessions, including

  • Growing a College-Going Culture from K-12
  • Move on When Reading and Underserved Students
  • Defying the Odds: The Secrets Behind Nogales USD’s #1 Graduation Rate
  • Role of Equity-Focused Leadership in Transforming Schools
  • Care is an Action: The Purpose and Impact of Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Teaching
  • School Environment and the Transgender Student
  • Leadership and Implicit Bias: What’s Yours and Why Does It Matter?
  • Shared Leadership for Equity: The Student’s Essential Role
  • Students in Foster Care: Arizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap
  • K-12 + Postsecondary = Pipeline and Partners to Successful Transition
  • Embedding Equity: Two Districts Share Their Strategies and Answer Your Questions
  • Achieving Meaningful Diversity in Board Leadership
  • What Are Discipline Disparities and Why Do They Matter?
  • College Going Requires College Knowing

New this Year – Special Luncheon Speakers

Engaging Arizonans will share their insights on educational equity. Speakers presented by the ASBA Black Caucus (Thursday) and ASBA Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus (Friday).

Caucus Meetings

All attendees are also invited to attend the meeting of the ASBA Black Caucus (Thursday, 7:30-8:30 a.m.) and ASBA Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus (Friday, 7:30-8:30 a.m.) that will be held in conjunction with The Equity Event.

Equity Conference

Registration Fee: Member district registration fee is $295/person. Non-member fee is $295/person. The fee includes all online conference materials, two continental breakfasts, two lunches and a reception. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Equity Event Agenda

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.ASBA Black Caucus Meeting All attendees are welcome to attend.
8:30 a.m.Welcome Dr. Tim Ogle, executive director, ASBA; Julie Bacon, President, ASBA Board of Directors; Tracey Benson, associate executive director, ASBA.
8:45 a.m.Finding Your Voice Tomas Stanton , teacher, performance artist and co-founder of Phonetic Spit!Using poetic narrative performance and instruction, Stanton will lead attendees in articulating their leadership interest and personal experience with education equity.
9:30 a.m.Keynote Address: Moving the Needle through Intentional Leadership Diane Burbie , managing principal, the ASPIRE Group and an experienced national trainer, facilitator and coach on cultural diversity and inclusion, leadership, strategic planning and team building. This interactive keynote will explore how school boards can be influential in breaking down systemic barriers to student achievement. Boards are called upon to be catalytic, inspirational and intentional in the pursuit of equity in our districts. Strategies that tackle only the personal and interpersonal aspects of bias don’t do justice to the complex problems we must solve; overcoming systemic bias and social and economic inequities requires more explicit actions. What are our processes for identifying and addressing institutional barriers? To what degree do our policies and practices create intentional pathways that empower administrators, staff and students to do their best work?  We will look at ways boards can be critical partners in shaping long-term, high impact solutions.
10:30 a.m.The Big Conversations Moderated by Gary Howard, Deep Equity national trainer, with group facilitation by Dr. Adama Sallu, assistant director of equity, Kyrene ESD; Mary Roaf, Destination Graduation education facilitator at Valley of the Sun United Way; Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval, student support services manager, Phoenix Union High School District; Rita Tantillo, director of language acquisition, Paradise Valley USD; and Brittany Tarango, preschool director, Buckeye ESDTopic experts will guide attendees in conversations on five elements critical to systemic educational equity - Defining Equity; Understanding Your Demographics; Digging Into Data and Identifying Disparities; Cultural Proficiency and Student Voice - and share insights and expertise with the full group.
12:00 p.m.Luncheon + Keynote Address: Working Together to Cap the Pipeline to Prison Chief Jeri Williams , City of Phoenix Police DepartmentThe keynote speaker is being presented by the ASBA Black Caucus
1:30 p.m.Breakout Session: Growing a College-Going Culture from K-12 Dr. Edna Morris, superintendent, Baboquivari USD; Alison Cornell, special programs coordinator, Baboquivari USD

Student Presenters:
Cyndi Lewis
Kristy Segundo
Ethan Lopez
Lucas Jose
In this session, we will explore how adopting AVID Districtwide and the effective use of AVID strategies, creates an atmosphere that promotes college readiness and a college-going culture. Participants will also hear testimony from AVID students on their experiences and the impact AVID has had on their individual determination.
1:30 p.m.Breakout Session: Embedding Equity Dr. Kristi Sandvik, superintendent, Buckeye ESD; Jane Hunt, governing board member, Buckeye ESD; Dr. Jim Lee, superintendent, Paradise Valley USD; and Julie Bacon, governing board member, Paradise Valley USDThis interactive presentation will guide learners to a better understanding of what equity looks like in a public school setting. Participants will hear from a superintendent and board member from a large k-12 district and a smaller k-8 district on their experience associated with kicking off a district equity plan and the challenges faced along the way. You will walk away from this presentation with a toolbox of strategies to help you design a course of action to expand and transform the knowledge, will, skill, and capacity to focus on issues of educational equity in your school district.
1:30 p.m.Breakout Session: PBIS and Equity: Closing the Achievement Gap using Culturally Responsive Practices Dr. Yadira Flores, school psychologist, Scottsdale Unified School District; and Susan Pilkington, PBIS coordinator, Page USDAs American classrooms continue to become more diverse and teachers’ and schools’ accountability continues to rise, the importance of understanding the cultural nature of education and the need to consider culturally responsive practices become paramount. There is a need for educators to understand culture which goes beyond the individual level but rather how the interaction itself of individual cultures impact student outcome within a school system. Specifically, the achievement gap in education is a frequent topic of discussion, but the major role the discipline gap plays is often overlooked. Participants will learn the construct of culture as it relates to school systems, how the disproportionality issue impacts student achievement and discover culturally responsive PBIS practices.
2:30 p.m.Breakout Session: Defying the Odds: The Secrets Behind Nogales USD’s #1 Graduation Rate Fernando Parra, superintendent; Angel Canto, assistant superintendent; Judith Mendoza-Jimenez, student services director; and Cesar Miranda, principal, Nogales High SchoolHow does a district with a 98.6 percent Hispanic student population and 82 percent free-and-reduced lunch‎ rate achieve and maintain a 95 percent graduation rate? This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of the strategies implemented to achieve a graduation rate more far above both the state and national average.
2:30 p.m.Breakout Session: Equity and the Achieve60 Arizona Initiative Christine Thompson, director, Achieve60 Arizona; and Vince Yanez, vice president of Arizona student success initiatives, Helios Education Foundation
2:30 p.m.Breakout Session: The Role of Equity-Focused Leadership in Transforming Schools Dr. Adama Sallu, assistant director of equity, Kyrene ESD; and Stephanie Phillips, principal, Kyrene Akimel a-Al Middle SchoolUnderstanding the educational experiences of all students has profound implications for equity-focused leadership when transforming systems to educate all students. School leadership with sharp focus on equity, challenging false narratives, and creating infrastructures that are equity-laden are critical at this junction. In this session, participants will learn how to leverage their role in creating and supporting equity infrastructures that address the needs of all students.
2:30 p.m.Breakout Session: Funding for Equity: Are You Putting Your Dollars Where Your Priorities Are? Dr. Anabel Aportela , director of research, ASBA/AASBOThere is a national and state push for school-level reporting of funding information. Proponents of school-level reports point to inequities in the allocation of resources to schools within the same district. This session will provide an overview of how within-district inequities can occur, and what school and district leaders can learn from their own data, including how stated priorities compare to funding priorities.
3:20 p.m.Break BreakBreak
3:30 p.m.Latino Student Success: Critical Findings Around Postsecondary Perceptions, Aspirations and Matriculation through Mixed-Methods Research  Dr. Paul Perrault, vice president and director of research and evaluation, Helios Education Foundation; and Michelle Boehm, research and evaluation analyst, Helios Education Foundation Latino postsecondary access and success is critical for Arizona’s economy prosperity and the well-being of its citizens. In this session, participants will learn the key findings of research conducted by Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University exploring Latino postsecondary perceptions, aspirations and enrollment among students in Helios’ College Knowing & Going districts. First, participants will learn how ACT and National Student Clearinghouse data were used to predict college aspirations and matriculation among Latino students and their non-Latino peers. Second, Latino student perceptions and beliefs around postsecondary education as measured through surveys and focus groups will be highlighted. In addition to learning critical findings, participants will leave the session understanding how this research informs policies and practices to improve educational outcomes in our state.
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.Hosted Reception Enjoy networking, drinks and hors d'oeuvres at this special event hosted by AVID. Featuring special musical and spoken word performances by Benjie Howard and Wade Colwell-Sandoval, co-founders of YES! – Youth Equity Stewardship – and collaborators on the album “Borderless,” a folk and hip hop-fused journey examining the intersections of race, class, identity, immigration, sexual orientation and gender.

The Equity Event - Agenda

Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30-8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast
7:30-8:30 a.m.Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus Meeting All attendees are welcome to attend.
8:30 a.m.Changing Minds: What Leaders Should Know about ACEs and Trauma Informed Learning Environments Dr. Veenod Chulani, medical director for homeless youth outreach and section chief of adolescent medicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital; Dr. Robert Rhoton , executive director, Arizona Trauma Institute; Marcia Stanton , MSW, Phoenix Children's HospitalArizona's children have one of the highest rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the nation. Find out which areas of the state have the highest incidences, how these childhood traumas are impacting students' learning and behavior, and informed approaches for better serving students.
9:45 a.m.Breakout Session: College Going Requires College KnowingPanelists:
Julie Norwood, director of program services, Helios Education Foundation; Linda Jensen, director, Arizona College Access Network; Tracy Pressley, school counselor, Lake Havasu High School
Learn about a coordinated effort aimed at increasing the college knowing skills of underserved populations in Arizona, thereby creating a college-going culture.  So, what does it take to make this happen?  Hear how players in this initiative are refining and aligning existing college-going tools, using data to strategically drive decision making, and implementing innovative strategies for outreach.  Attendees will learn how these pieces come together to create effective change. 
9:45 a.m.Breakout Session: "The Transgender Student"Dr. Veenod Chulani, medical director for homeless youth outreach and section chief of adolescent medicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital; Robert Chevaleau, president, and Cherise Basques, director of education and outreach, Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization Transgender children and youth are becoming increasingly visible in our communities. This trend is reflected  in schools where an increasing number of transgender students live openly as their authentic selves and bring unique considerations to the school setting while parents, educators, administrators, and other stakeholders work to determine the best ways to support them. Learn about current clinical guidelines in the medical and psychological care of transgender children and youth and hear from parents for transgender youth themselves in this interactive session focusing on the transgender student.  
9:45 a.m.Breakout Session: Leadership and Implicit Bias: What’s Yours and Why Does It Matter? Abby Potter-Davis, ELL instructional coach, Washington ESD Everyone possesses attitudes, feelings or stereotypes – both favorable and unfavorable - that affect understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These implicit biases or associations, developed over the course of a lifetime, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. In this session, you’ll learn about the implications for education leaders, gain insights into your own biases, and learn how to neutralize or unlearn those that may be limiting the effectiveness of your leadership for equity.
10:35 a.m.Break
10:50 a.m.Breakout Session: K-12 + Post-Secondary = Pipeline and Partners to Successful TransitionSusan Carlson, principle, Carlson & Affiliates, chair, AMEPAC; Dolores Duran-Cerda, acting provost and executive vice chancellor, Pima Community College, chair-elect AMEPAC; N.J. Utter, director of career and college readiness for Sunnyside USD; Althe Allen, chief academic officer, Learning, Leadership & Innovation Division, Phoenix Union HSDThe Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), an advisory committee of the AZ Commission on Postsecondary Education, publishes the Arizona Minority Student Progress Report. Findings in the 2016 report revealed that while 39 in 100 Asian Pacific students and 35 in 100 White students meet benchmarks for College Readiness, as established by the ACT, only 9 in 100 Hispanic students, 7 in 100 Black students and 4 in 100 Native American students meet these benchmarks. Hear from two school districts and a community college that are setting the example. Learn about the newest report being commissioned by AMEPAC. Provide feedback for research consideration in the upcoming work.
10:50 a.m.Breakout Session: Shared Leadership for Equity: The Student's Essential RoleParadise Valley USD students enrolled in North Canyon High School's "Leadership in a Diverse World" course and teacher Matt Case, and students from WestPark Elementary (Buckeye ESD) and their MSAN Club advisor, Jennifer Aaron. In this panel discussion, you'll hear from middle and high school students about their role and responsibility in embedding equity as a value and practice in their schools.
10:50 a.m.Breakout Session: Protecting Students and Maintaining Schools as Safe ZonesWill Gaona, public policy director, American Civil Liberties Union; Petra Falcon, executive director, Promise Arizona; Francisca Montoya, governing board member, Fowler ESD, and treasurer of AZ Latino School Board Association; and moderator by Sen. Martín Quezada, governing board member, Pendergast ESD, and president, AZ Latino School Board Association
During a time of uncertainty and fear for many immigrants, our schools must continue to be known as safe places for our students and their families. Panelists will discuss strategies that governing board members can leverage to ensure that students continue to feel safe and protected while on campus. 
11:45 a.m.Luncheon + Keynote Address: Is Access and Opportunity Really Enough?Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, director of public outreach, Maricopa Community Colleges’ Public Affairs Division, and Latino community outreach specialist, Mesa Public SchoolsPresented by the Hispanic - Native American Indian Caucus. As the demographic landscape changes in Arizona, educational institutions have to focus more than ever on issues of access and opportunity. But have we reached shared meaning on these issues with our students and community? Join in this discussion about how we, as education leaders, can provide an authentic and genuine Welcome, Bienvenida, Woosh Deh.
1:15 p.m.Breakout Sessions: Care is an Action: The Purpose and Impact of Culturally Responsive Curriculum and TeachingPresenter: Ben Clark, teaching and learning specialist manager, ASU's Sanford Inspire ProgramWhat does it mean to demonstrate caring toward culturally and linguistically diverse students? How is caring linked to issues of equity, inclusion and academic success? In this workshop, participants will learn about the importance of culturally responsive teaching, a pedagogical approach that seeks to operationalize caring by placing students’ social and cultural identities at the center of the instructional process. Free resources included.
1:15 p.m.Breakout Session: Effective and Diverse School Board LeadershipPatrick Morales (Tempe ESD), president, ASBA Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus, and Channel Powe (Balsz ESD), president, ASBA Black Caucus.How is a school board member effective? How do we redefine that in the changing political climate within traditional public education. A conversation rooted in meaningful diversity and effective leadership.
1:15 p.m.Breakout Sessions: Arizona's Invisible Achievement Gap: Meting the Educational Needs of Arizona's Foster ChildrenPete Herschberger, director, FosterEd Presenters will detail the problem and discuss the WestEd Report, "Arizona Invisible Achievement Gap,” present the FosterEd program, the demonstration site project and the statewide expansion, and detail how FosterEd meets the educational needs of students in foster care and creates systems change in the agencies that work with these students. Discussion and participation by the audience is encouraged.
2:15 p.m.Student Voices PanelModerated by Nuvia Enriquez, director of multicultural community engagement, Expect More ArizonaIn this deeply authentic and engaging session, you'll meet and learn directly from the students you'll be "virtually" introduced to at the start of the conference.
3:00 p.m.Adjourn

Late Registration: Participants registered after Friday, March 24, 2017, will be charged an additional $50 late registration fee.

Refunds, Cancellations and Substitutions: The deadline for cancellations is Thursday, March 30, 2017. Cancellations must be in writing and faxed to 602.254.1177 by that date. No shows will not be refunded. Those registered are entitled to send substitutes in their place.

Hotel Information: The Equity Event will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel at Westgate. A block of rooms has been reserved with a special conference rate of $189 single/double. In order to reserve a room, please call 1-800-931-1595 and request the ASBA Equity Event rate. The cutoff date for reserving rooms in the block is Monday, March 13, 2017.

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