Education Equity amp Outreach

Education Equity & Outreach


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


Additional Resources


Video Links



Valerie Freeman

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.

Anne Wolf

District Equity Coach

Anne Wolf was raised in North Central Florida—where she developed a strong interest in how issues of race are understood, discussed, and silenced. After completing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Florida, she went on to complete a Master’s degree and a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Minnesota.
In 2015, Anne decided to return to Gainesville and start a family here. Her work focuses on effective ways to listen and communicate about race for the purpose of fostering equity and social change. Anne offers facilitation, training, and consulting on matters of equity, diversity, and race.
She is grateful to be working for Alachua County Public Schools on issues of educational equity and outreach. Under the leadership of Superintendent Karen Clarke and Equity Director Valerie Freeman, Anne is involved in several efforts to narrow the racial achievement gap in Alachua County public schools.