Building Capacity to Implement and Support the Postsecondary Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application under Perkins V
What is the Equity Leadership Academy for States?
The Equity Leadership Academy for States brings together state leaders, community college faculty and staff, and, most importantly, students to build capacity to center equity within Perkins V and the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) and begin the important conversations necessary to transform our education systems. Academy teams will be engaged in (1) adopting an equity lens, (2) building institutional capacity, (3) creating community, and (4) sharing lessons learned with national partners planning and implementing the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessments (CLNA) in accordance with Perkins V. Over the course of the next year, we will provide meaningful, focused, and effective support through the following engagement opportunities for selected cohort members:
- Co-Creation Phase
- 4 Virtual Equity Training Workshops
- Support with an Action Research for Equity Project
- 2 Monthly Virtual Technical Assistance Meetings
- 3 Virtual Capacity Building Workshops
- 2-day In-person Showcase
All of the curriculum and facilitation for this project will be directly guided by cohort members through a Co-creation phase prior to group engagement to ensure programming is responsive to the needs of State teams. We will also offer one-on-one TA upon request to address needs specific to local contexts.
Why should I participate?
We have successfully completed the Equity Leadership Academy for States with two cohorts to date. The dedication of cohort members to center and embody equity in the CLNA process inspired collective learning and action among all participants and facilitators. To learn more about Academy highlights, lessons learned, outcomes, and recommendations, read our Cohort 1 and 2 reports.
Who should participate?
We are looking to work with postsecondary state agencies and local education agencies (LEAs) conducting and implementing a CLNA in accordance with Perkins V. Our goal is to work with up to 10 states; each state will be required to develop a team of up to six leaders who are committed to integrating an equity lens into their CLNA process to ensure knowledge is shared and resources and approaches are effectively institutionalized. These teams can include postsecondary agency personnel, specialists, consultants, community leaders, and students who represent one or more of the “special populations” outlined in Perkins V, including Students of Color.
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Curious but need more information?
Honoring your time and setting clear expectations for your participation is of utmost importance to us. Please read through our FAQ Sheet to learn more about our facilitators, timeline of events, expected time commitment, and expanded explanation of program offerings. We’ve also created a Student FAQ Sheet that can be used to help recruit your student representative.
If you’d like to learn more about how our first and second implementation of the Equity Leadership Academy went, read our Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 reports. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the recording of our informational webinar held on Thursday, August 17 at 3:00 PM EST to answer any questions you may have about the Academy or application process.