As part of our ongoing efforts to advance educational equity, the VSBA is developing resources for school boards and we want to collect and utilize quotes and statistics from school board members, parents and students, staff, and equity directors. Please take a moment to provide feedback on this short survey, developed by the VSBA's summer intern.

VSBA Equity Definition (shared with VSA and VPA)

Each student receives the resources and educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.

  • Equity means that a student's success is not predicted nor predetermined by characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, family economics, class, geography, ability, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or initial proficiencies.


  • Equity means that every school provides and every student has access to high quality culturally responsive curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services to meet the needs of each and every student.


  • Equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same. Achieving equity may require an unequal distribution of resources and services.


  • Equity involves acknowledging and disrupting inequitable practices, acknowledging biases, employing practices that reflect the reality that all students will learn, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children.

Vermont education leaders are enhancing their efforts to improve equitable practices and outcomes for all Vermont students.  The VSBA, in partnership with the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) and with grant funding from the Vermont Community Foundation's Welcoming, Equitable and Antiracist Communities Recovery Initiative and Barr Foundation is supporting efforts to address antiracism and to promote equity and inclusion in communities statewide. 

Mini Grants for School Boards - Applications due October 17, 2022
As the next phase in our initiative addressing equity and anti-racism, the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA), Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA), and Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) are pleased to announce a 2nd round of “Equitable, Anti-Racist, and Inclusive Education Communities Mini-Grants”. With generous funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, this mini-grant program is to support the pursuit of more equitable and inclusive education communities. This second round of mini-grants is specially aimed at supporting school boards in their work toward more equitable, anti-racist, and inclusive communities. 
Click here for more information and to apply for a grant!

Mini Grants Awards Issued (Round 1):  The VSBA, Vermont Superintendents Association, and Vermont Principals’ Association have issued the Equitable, Anti-Racist, and Inclusive Education Communities Mini-Grants. With generous funding noted above, this mini-grant program is supporting the pursuit of more equitable and inclusive education communities by leaders and contributors committed to those changes. You can read more in the VSBA Weekly Update!

Equity Lens Tools

According to, "The purpose of an equity lens is to be deliberately inclusive as an organization makes decisions. It introduces a set of questions into the decision that help the decision makers focus on equity in both their process and outcomes." Here are some tools that may help your board facilitate an equity review.

Vermont AOE

Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium

National Equity Project Lens of Systemic Oppression

Northwest Regional Education Services District

National School Boards Association Resources

Reimagining School Board Leadership: Actions fo Equity Starting the Conversation

Educational Equity

Intentional Allocation of Resources

ESSA Title IV, Part A 

E-rate Schools 

Access to Rigorous Educational Programming: LifeReady Skills 

Fostering Safe and Supportive School Climates

Center for Safe Schools

Equity in Discipline

Magna Awards 

2020 Grand Prize Winners

2020 First Place Recognitions