Field Trip: One District, Two Communities

How does a district strive for equity when it serves two distinct, racially-diverse communities?

A few miles east of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights University Heights School District serves primarily white community of Cleveland Heights, as well as the much larger and more diverse city of University Heights. We spoke with Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent, about her 4 years leading the district and working for equity:

  • The unique opportunities and challenges faced when two very different communities share one school district
  • Working with the school board to enact policies that will outlast any one person
  • Why equity matters
  • Creating change through persuasion, not force