Enacting Equity: Implementing an Equity Blueprint with a Focus on Black Student Success

“Enacting Equity: Implementing an Equity Blueprint with a Focus on Black Student Success” is a case study that shares insights from Eastside Union Elementary School District’s work with Ed Trust–West, and shares four key learnings from the district’s initial implementation of its Equity Blueprint:

  1. Improving family engagement
  2. Explicitly embracing a racial equity focus
  3. Using data and outreach to boost attendance
  4. Shifting educator mindsets and shaping school culture

To learn more about The Education Trust–West’s Systemic Equity Reviews (formerly referred to as Educational Equity Audits) and how we can guide school districts and counties in the process of Blueprint for Equity Action Planning, click here.

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.