Educational Equity & Inclusion

The Vermont Superintendents Association’s mission is to support school leaders to improve the equity and quality of educational opportunities for all students.

Equity Definition  (VSA/VSBA)

January, 2018

Educational equity means that each and every student receives the resources and educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.

  • Equity means that a student’s success is not predicated nor predetermined by characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, economics, class, geography, disability, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or initial preferences.
  • Equity means that every school provides high quality curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services.
  • Equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same.  Achieving equity may require an unequal distribution of resources and services.
  • Equity involves disrupting inequitable practices, acknowledging biases, employing practices that reflect the reality that all students will learn, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Student Activities from the Vermont Principals’ Association

Ensuring that extracurricular activities provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment is of utmost importance. The Vermont Principals’ Association administers and oversees this body of work in the state of Vermont and has provided a number of important resources for school districts and communities.


  • Connecting Vermont Equity Coordinators: Beginning in March 2021, the VSA and VPA started a monthly drop-in for school or district employees who have the role of equity coordinator or a similar title. This space was an initial gathering for participants to shape and help lead collaboratively, now working together as the Vermont Educational Equity Collaborative (VEEC).
  • Leading Equitable, Anti Racist, and Inclusive Education Communities: The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA), the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) received a grant award of $150,000 from the Vermont Community Foundation and Barr Foundation. An initial advisory group reviewed the results member-driven needs assessment to identify meaningful, actionable goals for this resource. The advisory group was made up of: Alison Sylvester, VT-NEA Representative, Annsunee Swift, VPA Representative, Flor Diaz Smith, VSBA Representative, Mikaela Simms, Equity Coordinator Representative, Jess DeCarolis, AOE Representative, Amy Rex, VSA Representative, Kristin Hubert, VTCLA Representative, Jessica Spencer, VCSEA Representative, Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity. Update: Welcoming, Equitable & Antiracist Communities Update (12/7/22)
  • Act 1 of 2019 Working Group The VSA has actively participated in the Ethnic and Social Equity Standards Advisory Group (Act 1 of 2019) since its inception, which has led to a proposed update to the Educational Quality Standards expected to be adopted into formal rule in early 2024.

Ongoing Professional Learning:

Many of our ongoing offerings are directly linked to improving educational equity, inclusivity, and anti-racism in school communities. (view current offerings)

Tools for Consideration

Thank you to the Vermont Community Foundation, the McClure Foundation.