New and early-career equity officers face a unique set of challenges as they work to bring about foundational change within schools and districts. While an estimated two-thirds of the nation’s 100 largest school districts have a dedicated equity officer on staff, the role is a relatively new one. Few school districts have a defined and tested entry plan for the work, leaving new equity officers to develop the blueprint for the role as they engage in it.
To create a sustainable and supportive community of practice for new and experienced equity officers, The Leadership Academy launched the Equity Officer Collective (EOC) in February 2022. Throughout the year, participants came together to delve into problems of practice, share personal experiences, and pool their collective expertise to build a suite of open-source guidance connected to their roles.
The Leadership Academy is thrilled to share the outcome of the EOC’s first year together with two brand-new resources created by and for equity officers.
The Equity Officer: A Roadmap for the First Few Years is a comprehensive resource guide and strategic “roadmap” comprised of 10 core practices that support Equity Officers in establishing a plan of action in their earliest years in the role. The 10 practices outline what success in the role can look like and link to a variety of external tools, guides, videos, publications, and resources to help build the capacity of equity officers.
While this tool was created to guide and support new and early-career equity officers, it can also be leveraged by any leader focused on creating more equitable schools and systems. To learn more about the EOC, here’s a short video from our recent in-person convening hosted by Atlanta Public Schools.
Fill out the form below to access The Equity Officer: A Roadmap for the First Few Years.
Click here to learn more about our other new resource for equity officers, Empowering Equity Officers: Overcoming Pushback and Setbacks.