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School Administrators Talk Equity:

What Will It Take to Dismantle Racism and Achieve Equity in America’s Public Schools?

This 60-minute conversation with the leaders of America’s largest public school districts: El Paso, Fairfax County, Travis County, and New York City, will leave you inspired and give practical advice for your district.


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About the Speakers

Derek Francis
Manager, Counseling Services, Minneapolis Public Schools

Derek Francis serves as the Manager of Counseling Services for Minneapolis Public Schools. He is an experienced cross-cultural counselor, educator, and trainer. With a passion for creating ASCA based counseling and support strategies for schools, organizations, and individuals, Derek focuses on supporting those from underrepresented backgrounds.


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Schools Chancellor, Dept of Education NY, NY
Richard A. Carranza is the current New York City Schools Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. He was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March 2018. He previously served as the superintendent of the Houston Independent and the San Francisco Unified School Districts.
Dr. Andre Spencer
Superintendent, Manor Independent School District
Chair of NABSE Superintendent Council

Dr. Andre D. Spencer is the Superintendent, Manor Independent School District, and Chair of NABSE Superintendent Council. He previously served as an executive superintendent overseeing schools in Queens South (District 27, 28, and 29). He worked alongside superintendents and the Executive Director of the Borough Office to improve achievement outcomes for all scholars to ensure that they contribute to the common good in our society. Dr. Spencer strongly believes that every scholar should receive an equitable education that will prepare them for college, a career, and life.

Dr. Nardos E. King
Assistant Superintendent Fairfax County, Virginia
Dr. King is the Assistant Superintendent in Fairfax County for Region 3, overseeing 45 schools. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Superintendent for High Schools and an Executive Director for Secondary Schools in Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland.
Juan Cabrera
Superintendent, El Paso ISD El Paso, Texas

Juan E. Cabrera became superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District on Sept. 3, 2013. Immediately prior to joining EPISD, Cabrera served as a school law attorney and advisor to school districts.

He also serve on the Commissioner of Education’s Superintendent's Cabinet and is a Founder and immediate past President of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) and the Texas Urban Council of Superintendents.

Additionally, Cabrera also serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Great City Schools, which is the nation’s leading advocate for large urban school systems and COSN’s Empowered Superintendent’s Committee and on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee of The College Board, New Tech Network, and Renaissance Learning.