The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) hosted an equity summit to meet the equity-related needs of the five states in the SECC region and other invited states. The participating states were Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Michigan. On November 25–28, SECC hosted 10 equity champions (including a state superintendent, an instructional review coach, a recruiter, and a director of secondary schools) in the Civil Rights Learning Journey and a number of other participants in alternate pre-summit activities such as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians community tour, a historical tour of Jackson State University, and a tour of two Museums–the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History. Based on these pre-summit activities, participants investigated the local, immediate, and historic significance of various civil rights events and sites of discrimination and trauma to educational equity. On November the 29–30, participants took part in the SECC Equity Summit–Accountable Leadership: Opportunities for Equitable Leadership. Over 100 attendees, including state superintendents and their designees, district superintendents and other personnel, policymakers, as well as school and community members, engaged in plenary, concurrent, and strategy sessions to advance equity via their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans and other equity-related initiatives, plans, and policies.
State teams are set to convene virtually one state team at a time between December and January. During the initial meeting, each team will revisit and refine the Collection Ambition Equity Plan using the geographic information system (GIS) map of their states and the information it yields.
States were slow to identify five-member teams. In one case, the state was unavailable to participate due to an unanticipated mandatory meeting.