NSBA President Tuttle to present at ASBA’s “The Equity Event” in early April

National School Boards Association (NSBA) President John D. Tuttle is to provide the “Welcome” address at the Arizona School Boards Association “The Equity Event." The event runs April 9-10, 2015, and will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Phoenix.

Also presenting at a general session, “A Shared Discussion on Leadership for Equity,” and a later breakout session, “More Alike than You Might Think: The Similarities and Challenges of Urban and Rural Schools,” is NSBA Director, Council of Urban Boards of Education, Deborah Keys.

The premise of the event is that all students deserve the chance to succeed, regardless of family income, where they live – whether rural, urban or suburban – race/ethnicity, cultural background, or other personal factors. Yet disparities in student achievement outcomes continue to exist.

In her general session around leadership for equity moderated by noted author Dr. Robert Smith, Keys will be joined by Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Education Fund, and Dr. Madeline Hafner, Executive Director, Minority Student Achievement Network.

School board members, district administrators, educators, and community and policy leaders from Arizona as well as neighboring states will gain the opportunity to engage with national, regional and local experts; unwrap crucial leadership strategies for identifying and closing the opportunity and achievement gaps; learn about promising practices; and gather resources and build contacts.

According to Tracey Benson, Associate Executive Director, ASBA, “ ‘The Equity Event’ is a first-of-its kind offering where school board members and other public education and policy leaders can come together and engage in thoughtful dialogue about addressing the opportunity and achievement gap to finally close it once and for all.”

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