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September 26, 2018

Webinar: Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real

Co-sponsored by the National Urban League and the Learning Policy Institute

Cover Art for report Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap

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On September 26, the Learning Policy Institute and the National Urban League hosted a webinar entitled, “Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real.” In this webinar, we shared and discussed tools and resources designed to support advocates and policymakers as they work to leverage opportunities to inform and support continuous improvement across all schools as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is implemented.

The webinar highlighted a recent Learning Policy Institute report, Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap, on how districts and schools can take advantage of high-leverage equity measures in their state accountability systems to close gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes. This session identified:

  • which states have committed to using high-leverage equity indicators of student opportunities to learn in their ESSA plans, including chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, school climate and social-emotional learning, extended year graduation rates, college and career readiness measures; and
  • how states are using these indicators, as well as how districts and schools can use this information to identify and support school improvement strategies.

The webinar featured tools and resources that community-based organizations, advocates, state and local policymakers, and educators can use to ensure that equity is foundational across all areas of ESSA implementation.


  • Jessica Cardichon, Director of Federal Policy, Director of Washington DC Office, Learning Policy Institute
  • Susie Feliz, Vice President, Policy & Legislative Affairs, National Urban League Washington Bureau
  • Stephen Kostyo, Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Phyllis Nichols, CEO, Knoxville Area Urban League
  • Martens Roc, Policy and Outreach Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Kedda Williams, Deputy Director, Partners for Each and Every Child

Please stay tuned for the next webinar in the series which will be focused on effective strategies to address teacher shortages and developing intentionally diverse teacher workforce pipelines. To be notified of the next webinar, please sign up for our mailing list.

Photo by Ben Filio for Remake Learning.