“Race” Matters in Education

Friday, July 18, 2014
CUBE Conference Presentations

Superintendent Valeria S. Silva, leader of the Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) District, addresses the role of and need for racial equity in the educational setting. Recognizing that Minnesota has one of the largest achievement gaps (or as Ms. Silva prefers to call it, opportunity gaps) in the country, SPPS began three years ago to analyze and address the systems, values and expectations that perpetuate this gap in its schools. This past year, the district adopted one of only two active racial equity policies in the state. Ms. Silva will outline her own personal path toward recognizing the need for racial equity in education and how SPPS started moving in this important direction.

Presenter: Valeria S. Silva, Superintendent, Saint Paul Public Schools, MN

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