Dr. Dennis Carpenter participates in regional panel focusing on equity for all students

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

LS R-7 superintendent discusses ‘A Case for an Equity Focus in High Performing Suburban School Districts’

Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District superintendent, was among educational leaders from throughout the Midwest recently serving on a regional panel of experts. The Central and South Central Comprehensive Centers convened its annual cross-regional advisory board Aug. 22-23 in Santa Fe, N.M., with educational leaders from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri participating.

In addition to representing Missouri on the advisory board, Dr. Carpenter participated in a three-person panel focusing on “Equity for All Students in a Changing Educational Landscape.” Topics included the challenges of providing equitable educational opportunities to all students, broadband access for all and promoting student engagement. Dr. Carpenter’s portion of the panel discussion was entitled “A Case for an Equity Focus in High Performing Suburban School Districts.”

“It is always refreshing to engage and share with equity focused leaders,” Dr. Carpenter said. “Ensuring equitable access and opportunities for all students is one of the most pressing educational issues facing public schools. Addressing this key issue offers a challenging, ongoing and rewarding opportunity.”

Overall theme for the regional meeting was “The Changing Landscape of Education,” and the meeting’s goal was to receive recommendations from stakeholders within the seven states. The Central and South Central Comprehensive Centers are designed to provide front line technical assistance to state educational agencies for the U.S. Department of Education. The regional advisory boards include state education commissioners as well as individuals selected by the state commissioner and governor of each state.

The boards include elementary and secondary educators, higher-education representatives, business officials and parents. The regional advisory board includes six members from Missouri with each state’s membership based on the state’s population.

Purposes of the August regional meeting include the following:

  • Build regional stakeholders’ awareness of the changing landscape of state educational support systems and local educational delivery systems
  • Engage regional stakeholders in essential conversations regarding the changing landscape of equity assurance for all students
  • Cultivate a community of regional stakeholders engaged in continued dialogue to explore policies, practices, and actions to support all learners
  • Gather input from RAB members that informs the center’s work to promote progress of today’s learners.


Dr. Dennis Carpenter (left) is pictured with panelists Robyn Miller (center) of the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Latifah Phillips (right) of the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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