Designing for Equity

In this one-day virtual summit, diverse design teams from schools across KY will come together to understand what it means to lead for equity, use 3 levels of data to identify inequities in their systems, and learn to identify the conditions that are holding inequitable outcomes in place in their schools. We will hear from JCPS district leaders as they discuss how they enacted seismic changes to their assessment system to address inequitable outcomes, and see examples of student-centered learning and assessment. We will also practice deep listening by engaging in constructivist listening protocols and experiencing an empowering and transformative way to listen to those most impacted by our decisions and the inequities - our students! We will end the day with time for design teams to plan how they will design ways to listen at the margins, shift conditions in their systems, and gather data to tell the impact of their change efforts, and give and receive feedback on their plans from each other.

This session will involve some pre-work of gathering various kinds of data, and we will explore designing for equity using the following frameworks:

  • 10+1 Themes of Oppression by Caroline Hill
  • 3 Levels of Data by Shane Safir
  • Water of Systems Change by John Kania, Mark Kramer, and Peter Senge

While we welcome individuals, we know that true change must come from a collective effort. Therefore we ask that district or school leaders bring a crew of diverse co-designers to build and dream with (e.g. administrators, special education & EL teacher/leaders, instructional coaches, counselors, family service coordinators, etc.)

  • Analyze 3 levels of data to identify opportunity and achievement gaps
  • Listen to students lived experiences to identify structures, processes and dynamics that need redesigning for more equitable outcomes
Prior to the event, attendees will benefit from having reviewed the following:
Levels of Data  by Shane Safir (~10 min read)
• Themes of Oppression (~7 min read)
Water of Systems Change  (recommended)


(all times listed as ET)

Learning Experience

9:05 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome, Overview of Agenda Norms, Setting Intentions

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Part 1: Leading for Equity
(Presented by Alcine Mumby, Envision Learning)

• What does it mean to lead for equity
• Constructivist Dyad
• Reflection

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Part 2: Seeing the System
(Presented by Alcine Mumby, Envision Learning)

• Water of Systems Change Video
• Short Discussion
• Levels of Data & Data Demo
• Team Time (30 mins)


11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Wellness Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

KY Stories of Success: JCPS Backpack & Defenses of Learning
(Presented by Dr. Marty Pollio (superintendent) and Dr. Carmen Coleman (chief academic officer) Jefferson County Public Schools)

The JCPS Backpack of Success Skills is a key strategy to ensure every single student in the district, kindergarteners through seniors, receives an education in which academic achievement and personal development go hand in hand – one that makes authentic, meaningful learning a priority for every student.  It’s a given that academic content is important. In addition, we want our students to be engaged in learning experiences intentionally designed with a focus on content standards as well as skills we’ve identified as being essential for successful futures. Our goal is for students to apply both academic content and those identified skills to new situations with the opportunity to show they’ve learned in ways that showcase their individual talents and strengths.

12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Healthy Lunch & Wellness Break

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Part 3: Listening at the Margins
Kiva Panel with KY Students 

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Team Planning 

School teams to devise a plan for how they will explore the margins and gaps in opportunity/achievement in their systems.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Feedback on Action Plans

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Reflection & Wrap Up

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April 26, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET


District Registration:
Team of four or more $599

Individual Registration:
KASA Members $199
Nonmembers $249

What you Get:
With registration for the 2021 NxGL2 Summit, you will also be registered for two additional follow-up sessions to see how this work is being implemented in Kentucky. Information will be added for these sessions soon:

Frankfort Ind. Schools
June 3 at 10:00-11:30 a.m. ET

Berea Ind. Schools
Date and time TBD

9 Hours EILA Credit Available for summit plus two follow-up sessions.

Cancellation Policy
Written cancellation requests received before April 12, 2021 will receive a refund minus $29 cancellation fee. Written cancellation requests received on or after April 12, 2021 will not be refunded. Written cancellation requests must be sent to

Online registration is unavailable until Tuesday, January 29. 
You may still register by calling (800) 928-5272. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Online registration is unavailable until Tuesday, January 29. 
You may still register by calling (800) 928-5272. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.