Closing the Opportunity Gap: April 8th, 7 to 8:30 PM

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Dr. Harriet Moore has been named the district’s first director of innovation and equality. In her new role, she will be facilitating the implementation of cultural responsibility and training throughout the district; chairing the District Equity Committee; and guiding innovative approaches to different instructional delivery models—including virtual, blended, and face-to-face learning—for students, among other key responsibilities.

Luz Corcuera has a proven track record in community-building and engagement. She previously served as Program Director for Healthy Start Manatee and as a Community Health Director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.

 

Luz is passionate about education, health, cultural competency, and understanding the social determinants influencing socio-economic wellbeing. Her significant work includes developing and overseeing diverse community-based initiatives to empower underserved and at-risk communities via prevention and education.

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Chavonna Sheffield, Consultant and Educational Equity Advocate, is the Strauss Initiative Consultant at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. With a background in education, project management, and leadership, Chavonna will work closely with the Community Impact Team to develop a strategic plan for The Ira and Patricia Strauss Fund for Children’s Literacy.

 

Locally, Chavonna has worked with Emma E. Booker Elementary School to create a culturally-responsive afterschool program called ASALH Academics, focusing on African-American History and Literature.  Chavonna holds a B.A. in Psychology from Denison University, a teaching certification specializing in social studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a M.A. in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.