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.
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:
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Organizations that allow authentic student and community voices to drive and guide our grounded action will see equity gaps narrow.
- 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.
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!
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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