Equity Coalition

The SDP Equity Coalition is an organizational body representing every functional area of the district.

Our purpose is to provide the organizational leadership and structure needed to redesign a more equitable school district. This includes, but is not limited to, uprooting policies, deconstructing processes, and eradicating practices that create systems of privilege and power within our school communities and in our workplaces.

In this District-wide journey, we will begin with focusing our work around racial inequity and then use the developed tools, frameworks, and policies to address other forms of inequity.

For more information, please email us at equity@philasd.org

Our Core Objectives

The core objectives of the SDP Equity Coalition consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and understanding our district’s current demographics (students, staff, families/communities) through a deep analysis of data and historical trends, with an equity lens.
  • Providing the framework and structure for our district’s definition of equity in mission and vision.
  • Creating an equity audit and subsequent action plan that highlights our short and long term commitments.
  • Developing and refining policy for our district and community partners through an equity lens.
  • Supporting the pursuit and practice of greater cultural awareness and proficiency throughout our organization.
  • Embedding educational equity training into all levels of professional development.
  • Engaging and collaborating with local and national organizations engaged in equity work.

Coalition Subcommittees

Subcommittees are designed to support specific focal areas of the Coalition, developing strategies and offering recommendations for Coalition initiatives. Please see an overview of our current subcommittees:

Project Management/Logistics Subcommittee Leads
Provides the structure and coordination of planning efforts for equity Coalition initiatives and subcommittee projects.

Joshua CulbertsonCentral Office supportPolicy and Evidence-Based Support OfficeProject Management/Logistics
Kyle CephasCentral Office supportOffice of Climate and SafetyProject Management/Logistics
DawnLynne KacerCentral Office supportOpportunity Network, Chief of Schools OfficeProject Management/Logistics
Daniel MerinCentral Office supportOffice of School Climate and SafetyProject Management/Logistics

Research and Systems Change/Policy Subcommittee Lead
Leads the Equity Coalition in understanding the latest research on systemic change as well as unpacking/writing/rewriting policy through an equity lens.

Chester HollandCentral Office supportOffice of Data GovernanceResearch and Systems Change/Policy
Ciera EllisonCentral Office supportOffice of student rights and responsibilitiesResearch and Systems Change/Policy
Jason W. HarrisCentral Office support - Principal and Leadership CoachOffice of Leadership DevelopmentResearch and Systems Change/Policy

Professional Learning/Resources Subcommittee Lead
Leads the development, coordination, and inventory of equity training initiatives and ongoing professional learning for the SDP community. The team will have a focus on training both internally and externally to the Equity Coalition.

April BrownPrincipalL.W. Waring ElementaryProfessional Learning Supports/Resources
Keith PretlowTeacherBenjamin Franklin High SchoolProfessional Learning Supports/Resources
Katie PakCentral Office supportPolicy and Evidence-Based Support OfficeProfessional Learning Supports/Resources
Alexandrea HenryTeacherMeade SchoolProfessional Learning Supports/Resources

External Partner relationships Subcommittee Lead
Provides guidance on local, national, and international partnership opportunities that will support the growth of equity within SDP.

Ami Patel HopkinsTeacherScience Leadership Academy Middle SchoolExternal Partner Relationships
Anjela AlvaradoCentral Office supportOffice of Strategic PartnershipsExternal Partner relationships
Barry WilkinsTeacherStrawberry Mansion High SchoolExternal Partner relationships

Communication/Marketing Subcommittee Lead
Leads and provides structure and guidance on communication style, ADA compliance, and marketing strategies/techniques in support of Equity Coalition initiatives and subcommittee projects.

Maryam MuhammadTeacherLea, Henry C.Communication/Marketing
Dara SavageClimate ManagerBridesburg SchoolCommunication/Marketing
Kelsey RomanoTeacherWB Saul High SchoolCommunication/Marketing


Coming soon!