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 will:

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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 will directly guide and inform the curriculum through participatory processes to ensure we are providing states with the support they need. NAPE will also offer one-on-one technical assistance upon request to address local needs. Please know we consider safety first. If Covid-19 restrictions are still needed, we will postpone in-person engagements or host them virtually. 

Timeline

JUN - AUG 2020

Design-thinking phase to co-create curriculum and facilitation

SEP - NOV 2020

Two-day training session based on NAPE’s Pilot for Program Improvement Process for Equity™ (PIPE)

Four monthly virtual technical assistance meetings

Dec 2020 - FEB 2021

Full-day capacity-building
engagement

Cohort Members

NAPE is excited to share the 10 states we will be working with for our Equity Leadership Academy including: 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!

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.