Topic: Intersection of Equity and SEL: 

Educational data has historically revealed numerous equity gaps for Black students. Educational equity is centered around what our students’ need; thus, we must understand the importance of supporting their educational success not only for academic performance but also for their social emotional well-being. Discussion will focus on four indicators of success for students: cultural identity, relevance, relationships, and rigor that will create a healthy education experience for Black students.

Meet Your Host:

Deborah L. Keys Write is the Founder & National Board Governance & Equity Consultant for The  Write Keys 2 Consulting, LLC. Deborah uses her highly sought-after skills to provide customized, well developed leadership skills through training for board/superintendent teams; delivers effective  board governance best practices; creates thought-provoking, laser-focused board retreats that address board conflict and culture; educational equity vs equality through the lens of governance in  the public-school setting; and facilitates conversations about racial equity. 

The last several years Deborah has worked with dozens of school districts providing customized  board governance training with a focus on educational equity and dismantling racial inequities. In  addition, Deborah is a weekly content contributor (Thursday) on the WURD Radio Station, The  Source, in Philadelphia sharing information on urban education and effective board governance  practices through the lens of equity and inclusion.

Deborah has over 20 years of non-profit association experience that includes leading programming  in conferences; facilitating relationships with superintendents and school board members through  collaborations with AASA The School Superintendent Association and Howard University. This  partnership resulted in an Urban Superintendents Academy where she taught board/superintendent  relations modules for aspiring urban superintendents around the nation. 

Within the last five years, Deborah has worked with districts in 13 states providing equity leadership  training and professional development for governance teams. This has led to partnerships with the  California School Boards Association as an equity consultant through the Nicole Anderson and  Associates firm where we address equity at all school system levels to ensure sustainability. 

Deborah received her bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development from  Spring Arbor University in Michigan. As a trained facilitator, she developed a systemic governance  training process that assists school boards and superintendents in becoming effective governance  teams (through the Michigan Association of School Boards). She was also selected as Michigan’s  first scholar to represent the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)’s Diversity  Executive Leadership Program (DELP) that supports individuals from under-represented identity  groups in the association community, to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association  profession. 

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