The Office of Education Equity and Outreach was established in September of 2017 specifically to address the achievement gap through the development of an equity plan, training, and community partnerships. The office has already conducted extensive training with teachers and administrators on culturally responsive classrooms, with the goal of having all 2000 of the district’s teachers trained by the Spring of 2018. The office is conducting additional equity training in the district, and has made numerous presentations to local community sponsored groups, along with meeting with parents, and other community stakeholders. The Equity department is also facilitating a year-long book-study with all of the school based administrative staff using the book by Glenn Singleton entitled Courageous Conversations About Race—A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools.
We encourage you to check back often on our website for updates and efforts promoted through the Office of Education Equity and Outreach.
News from the Equity Office
Continuum of Education Equity
Closing the Achievement Gap
Black Panther Educational Resources
Director of Educational Equity and Outreach
Valerie Freeman is the newly appointed Director of Equity and Outreach for Alachua County Public Schools. She is the former principal of Lawton Chiles Elementary. She has served in the field of education during the last 27 years as a teacher, behavioral resource/dean of students, assistant principal, and principal. Her previous work experience has included elementary, middle, and high school level exposure. Her educational background includes a Bachelors, Masters, and Educational Specialist degree in the field of education.
Married for 32 years to Horace Freeman Jr. She is the proud mother of two children whom are both graduates of the Alachua County Public School System. One is an English and Language Arts teacher in Gainesville, Florida, and the other is an Accountant in Orlando with an accounting firm, KPMG.
Under the leadership, guidance and support from Superintendent Karen Clarke, and Deputy Superintendent Donna Jones, the ultimate goal of the Alachua County Office of Educational Equity and Outreach will be to shift our school district to a culturally competent entity that will ensure the success of all students.
District Equity Coach
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