• How do we build a culture that supports equity in our schools and across the state?

    How can we support ALL students so that EVERY ONE achieves their public school aspirations?

    How do we close the gap in student outcomes wherever it exists?

    What is equity? What is bias? Why does it matter? Where do I fit? How can I make a difference? and more...

    Building a Culture of Equity III

    May 24, 2019

    8:00 for breakfast; 8:30 to 2:30 for the program

    School for International Training, Brattleboro

    The third VPA-hosted, pop-up, Equity Summit is part of a long-term VPA initiative –

    to help ALL Vermont students access the education they deserve and desire.

    Register by completing this registration form

    $50 includes lunch. Students attend - and eat - free (thank you VCF)

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    Who should come?

    Principals, Heads of School and CTE Directors

    Assistant Principals

    Curriculum and Special Education Directors



    Vermont Legislators and other policy makers

    Vermont State Board of Education

    Representatives from non-profit organizations that care about education

    Government agency and department heads involved in supporting young people


    Why an Equity Initiative?

    • Vermont benefits from ALL students achieving their education and career goals,
    • Schools and principals are struggling under cultural and systemic barriers to equity,
    • Excellence is achieved through equity,
    • Everyone CARES about this issue; many are working on it, and
    • Chances of success are greater when we work together.

    Flow of the Day:

    • Welcome, tone-setting: the day’s overview and purpose;
    • Building understanding about EQUITY;
    • Discussion about ‘core beliefs;
    • Unpacking structural inequities;
    • Exploring what EQUITY means: ALL means ALL;
    • Sharing success stories and lessons learned;
    • Visioning, next steps and closure….

    Rebecca Haslam

    Rebecca Haslam is the founder of Seed the Way Consulting, LLC, providing training and professional development for equity literacy and anti-bias education with a focus on racial justice.  Seed the Way serves K-12 school districts throughout Vermont including Montpelier, South Burlington, Milton, St. Albans, Fairfield, Colchester, Randolph, Charlotte, Middlebury, Richmond, Jericho, Vershire, and Keene Central School in New York. Other clients include the Vermont Agency of Education, Seventh Generation, Saint Michael’s College Office of Student Life, National Education Association (NEA), Shelburne Farms, UVM Medical Center, and the Rowland Foundation.

    A fourteen year veteran teacher, instructional coach, and leader for equity in the Burlington School District, Rebecca was named the 2015 Vermont State Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). She recently received the Vermont NEA 2018 Human and Civil Rights Award. Rebecca is currently facilitating Vermont NEA's Racial Justice Task Force, working with educators, students, state legislators, and VTNEA staff to create a racial justice toolkit to address racism in Vermont’s schools.

    In addition to training and consulting through Seed the Way, Rebecca is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.  Her research is focused on explorations of identity-based social privilege and racial identity development in higher education.

    Rebecca is a full-time faculty member in the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in social justice, curriculum, and the arts.