Changing the inequities found in education is a monumental task, that can’t be accomplished by one teacher, school board member or administrator, Pendleton said.
But just by recognizing where inequities exist can make a difference for students, she said. Pendleton recommended that school boards operationalize equity by analyzing their policies, then creating a plan. When equitable policies and practices are in place, make sure they are enforced.
“We can’t solve all the ills of society,” she said, “but we’ve got to make sure our practices and our policies are not creating greater inequities.”
KSBA Equity Cadre member Veda Pendleton (left) discusses equity policies with Morgan County board member
Leatha Helwig (center) and Breathitt County board member Anna Morris during KSBA’s Annual Conference.
Breathitt County school board member Anna Morris said she wishes everyone in her district could hear Pendleton’s presentation.
“Equity is one thing I see as a need in our county schools,” said Morris, who was elected to the Breathitt County board this past November after 33 years of teaching.
Morris said she hopes to bring Pendleton to Breathitt County before the next school year to speak to the district’s administrators and teachers.
“I really think that anybody that listens to her will be motivated and inspired to reach out and to minimize that effect on our students’ education,” she said.
About KSBA’s Equity Cadre
Formed in 2017, KSBA’s Equity Cadre provides resources and support to all Kentucky school boards for achievement gap closure. The group is also creating an Equity Toolbox, a suite of resources to help school boards raise achievement, close gaps and ensure accountability. It’s also aimed at helping boards maintain an equity focus as they carry out their role as charter school authorizers.
2018-2019 KSBA Equity Cadre members are Veda Pendleton, former equity lead, Kentucky Department of Education; Susan Hayes, Christian County school board member; Mary Evans, Western Kentucky University, Center for Gifted Studies; Tracy Inman, Western Kentucky University, Center for Gifted Studies; and Julia Roberts, Western Kentucky University, Center for Gifted Studies.