Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: State Planning Resources


Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: State Planning Resources


Ensuring that all students have equitable access to high-quality teachers is not only a nationwide education priority but also a federal mandate. Learn from other states and experts in the field as we discuss State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, including the latest federal requirements, research on educator equity, examples of equity strategies and plans from the Arizona and Minnesota state education agencies, and resources available to help.

This webinar was cohosted by REL Midwest, REL Southwest, REL West, and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders. Our organizations are actively engaged in collaborative research and alliance building with stakeholders to promote educator equity and effectiveness, with the goal of closing the achievement gap for historically disadvantaged students.

Main Topics:

  • Key issues around equitable access to excellent educators and the U.S. Department of Education's mandate for state-level planning, including 2015 requirements
  • Current research on educator inequities and historically disadvantaged students
  • Strategies for creating and implementing State Educator Equity Plans, including examples from Arizona and Minnesota
  • Resources available to support state-level planning on educator equity


  • Mariann Lemke, Managing Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Cecilia Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Superintendent of Highly Effetive Teachers and Leaders, Arizona Department of Education
  • Mark McCall, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Educator Excellence, Arizona Department of Education
  • Greg Keith, Director of the Division of School Support, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Hue Nguyen, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education


For more information please contact Jackie Burniske, Dissemination Director, REL Southwest