Equity Leadership Academy for States

Amplify Equity in Perkins V

State agencies that use the right approach have the opportunity to lead Perkins V
implementations with equity as the focal point. These states will enable more equitable
educational outcomes for our most vulnerable students.

Overview

NAPE developed the Equity Leadership Academy for States to help member education agencies guide postsecondary systems in their states to make Perkins V more effective and sustainable—with equity at the core—to help ensure all students are prepared for 21st century careers.

State departments of higher education administrators learn to:

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The academy is a no-cost benefit for member states. It includes a two-day training session based on NAPE’s Pilot for Program Improvement Process for Equity™ (PIPE)four monthly virtual technical assistance meetings, and a full-day capacity-building engagement. Cohort members directly guide and inform the curriculum through participatory processes to ensure we provide states with the support they need. NAPE also offers one-on-one technical assistance upon request to address local needs. 

Results from first Academy

Fifty-eight people from 10 states completed the first Equity Leadership Academy for States in February 2021. Over 6 months, during 10 training and 4 technical assistance sessions, and 15 focus groups, the group began the important conversations necessary to transform our education systems.

The group is sharing its recommendations to help other organizations continue their equity initiatives. Please download the full project report and the executive summary to learn more about the Academy and how its outcomes might help your organization.

Recommendations for everyone

  1. Educators must first interrogate their understandings with the help of professional learning before launching system-wide change to truly counter institutional momentum and entertain new solutions.
  2. Departments of Education and institutions must begin by crafting a shared equity vision and understanding to help ensure teams work from a similar place of understanding.
  3. Organizations that allow authentic student and community voices to drive and guide our grounded action will see equity gaps narrow.
  4. We must create a culture of shared accountability within ourselves, our institutions, and the larger systems in which we participate to create the change our students deserve.

We hope to host the second Academy in 2022. Please email Ashley if your state education organization is interested in participating. We will add you to the waitlist and update you on progress.

Cohort Members

The 10 states that worked together for our first Equity Leadership Academy included: Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please join us in celebrating and uplifting all of our cohort members and their accomplishments!

Arkansas

Brinda Berry, Federal Program Manager, AR Division of Higher Education

Monieca West, Federal Program Manager, AR Division of Higher Education

Cheryl Cross, Director of Career Pathways Initiative, AR State University Newport

Tim Johnson, Director of Advising and Career Services, South AR Community College

Hennessae Shavers, Student, Southern AR University Tech

Kristine Penix, Grant Coordinator, AR State University Newport

Delaware

Isaiah Matthews, Student (Plumbing), New Castle County Vocational Technical SD

Mike Hague, Adult Education Industrial Training Coordinator, Sussex Technical School District

Kyle Maguire, Apprenticeship & Training Manager, Delaware Department of Labor

Kia Baker, Career Services Counselor, Delaware Technical Community College

Lisa Stoner-Torbert, CTE Policy Advisor, Delaware Department of Education

Jon Wickert, CTE Education Associate - Postsecondary Programs, Delaware Department of Education

Rev. Provey Powell, Member, Delaware State Board of Education

Idaho

James Barrett-Spencer, Assistant Director of Federal and Related Programs, Idaho Career and Technical Education

Amy Lorenzo, Director of Policy and Organizational Planning, Idaho Career and Technical Education

Kathy Albin, Student Success Navigator, Center for New Directions, North Idaho College

Eva Davison, AAS Business Management Student, North Idaho College

Sadie Frantzich, Aviation Maintenance Student (In her final year), Welding Technology AAS (Complete)

Iowa

Bob Brown, Building New Careers Program Manager, United Way of Central Iowa

David Ford, Director, Postsecondary Readiness Lead, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

Izaah Knox, Executive Director, Urban Dreams

Kathy Nacos-Burds, Vice President of Learning & Student Success, Northeast Iowa Community College

Sonia Reyes, Executive Officer, Office of Latino Affairs, Iowa Department of Human Rights

Jeanette Thomas, Education Consultant, Equity, Iowa Department of Education

Michelle Ashline , Workforce Development Manager, Turner Construction Company

Shadrach Banks, Student Representative, Hawkeye Community College

New Jersey

Timothy Giordano, New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Adult Education, Coordinator

Maria Casale, New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Career Readiness, Perkins Postsecondary Coordinator

Zakir Mirza, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, Project Manager, Policy Analysis, and Communications

Lissinet Pichardo, Student Representative, Atlantic Cape Community College, Major: Paralegal Studies, Currently Employed: Part-time in Senator Chris Brown’s Office

Dr. Kristen Clark, New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Career Readiness, Perkins Program Officer, Career Equity Resource Center Coordinator

Oregon

KC Andrew, Education Specialist, CTE/Perkins, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Helen Dunford, Adult Basic Education State Leadership Coordinator, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Luis Juárez, Education Specialist/CTE and Perkins, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Kelly D. Zinck, Education Team Research Analyst, WIOA Title II and CTE/Perkins, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Rudyane Rivera-Lindstrom, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of the Executive Director

Edith Ramirez, CTE student at Mt Hood Community College, and a former ESL student

South Carolina

Emily Fox, Academic Project Coordinator, South Carolina Technical College System

Dr. Rosline Sumpter, Associate VP - Curriculum, Instruction, & Research, SC Technical College System

Laneika Musalini, Director of Grants, Tri-County Technical College

Nancy Bishop, Learning Resources and Planning, Central Carolina Technical College

Felix Wilson, Student, Central Carolina Technical College

Texas

Mindy Nobles, Assistant Director - Workforce, Academic Quality and Workforce

Dr. Ruby Stevens-Morgan, Director, Strategic Planning and Funding

Dr. Suzanne Morales-Vale, Director, College Readiness and Success

Stephanie Perkins, Program Director - Workforce, Academic Quality and Workforce

Luis Martinez, Program Director, Strategic Planning and Funding

Dr. Lesley Keeling-Olson, Director, Perkins Grants and Professor, Criminal Justice, Temple College

Isaac Hebert, Student, Computer Applications Technology, Temple College

Wisconsin

Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, Associate Vice President of Instruction with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

Hilary Barker, Education Director of Performance Analysis and Continuous Improvement with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

Stephanie Glynn, Education Director for Student Success with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

Betsy Leonard, Education Director for Agriculture, Natural Resources and STEM programs with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

Colleen Larsen, Education Director for Student Success with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

Denisse Arjon-Rivera, student in the Design and Graphic Technology program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)

Wyoming

Dr. Michelle Aldrich , WY Department of Education

Carole Boughton, Buisiness and Accounting Pathway Coordinator, Laramie County Community College

Rachel Chadderdon, Casper Community College

Dustin Hansen , Student representative

Dean Bruce , Northwest Community College

More information

Please read the FAQ to learn more about program offerings, facilitators, event timeline, and the expected time commitment. Contact Ashley with questions.