Research supports the role that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) play on student outcomes. An equitable and inclusive school culture that ensures all students feel welcome, safe, and supported provides the foundation needed to support student achievement.

But DEI&B can also spark controversy, which can leave district leaders feeling powerless to make positive changes.

In this panel discussion, you'll hear from current and former district leaders. They'll share their personal experiences with DEI&B initiatives and share ideas and inspiration for how to create culturally aware schools that support favorable student outcomes.
  • Explore the impact DEI&B can make on student outcomes
  • Learn how to navigate controversy surrounding DEI&B initiatives
  • Get ideas to create more culturally aware school communities
  • Find out what's working in other districts and what outcomes are being achieved
Dr Robert Avossa, Ed.D.
President at K-12 Leadership Matters
Dr. Robert Avossa is the president of K-12 Leadership Matters LLC. Having spent his career dedicated to public school education, Dr. Avossa now provides strategic support and guidance to school district leaders and their teams with on focus on improving outcomes for ALL students.

Before founding K-12 Leadership Matters, Dr. Avossa most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools for Palm Beach County, the 10th largest district in the country with approximately 200,000 students, 21,000 employees, and an annual budget exceeding $2.6 billion.

Prior to joining Palm Beach County Schools in 2015, Dr. Avossa served as the Superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Georgia for 4 years, where he was responsible for 101 schools, 96,000 students, and 14,000 employees.

During his time at both Palm Beach County and Fulton County Schools, each district achieved dramatic academic performance gains, decreased dropout rates, and earned the highest graduation rates in its state.

Dr. Avossa also served five years as an executive leader for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, and 10 years as a teacher and principal in Florida.

Natasha Speed
Executive Director of Equitable Resource Strategy, Atlanta Public Schools
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