On April 17, 2018, Dr. Lisa Williams, co-author of When Treating all the Kids the Same is the Real Problem: Educational Leadership and the 21st Century Dilemma of Difference, will deliver the opening keynote at the NAPE National Summit for Educational Equity. Dr. Williams, who currently serves as Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System, has presented at the local, state, and national levels on topics related to improving outcomes for marginalized student populations.
NAPE looks forward to having Dr. Williams share her knowledge, experience, expertise, and passion during the opening plenary session at the 2018 Summit.
Dr. Lisa Williams is Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams has held the position of teacher, mentor, university professor, and Title I director over her career in education. She has bachelors’ degrees in biology and psychology, a master’s in psychology, and a doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership with an emphasis in social policy. She has presented at the local, state, and national level on topic related to improving outcomes for marginalized student populations. Her career in public education spans nearly 20 years. Her dissertation study examined Response to Intervention (RtI) and the performance of students attending Title I schools.
Dr. Williams is a consultant with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as well as her independent company, EMCS. In her consulting work, she has provided guidance for schools and school systems in the areas of racial equity, gender equity in STEM, leading for equity, school transformation, and culturally responsive practices. Dr. Williams serves as a Subject Matter Expert with the United States Department of Education Department of Career, Technical, and Adult Education division related to equitable access in STEM/CTE.
In her current role, she is responsible for all educational equity and access initiatives implemented in the Baltimore County School System. Under her direction and leadership the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency as expanded to a team of 7 and is provide systemic support to the organization. In addition to providing training and support, she has created two certificate programs in educational equity and cultural proficiency with McDaniel College and Notre Dame University.
Her first book, When Treating all the Kids the Same is the Real Problem: Educational Leadership and the 21st Century Dilemma of Difference (co-authored with Dr. Kendra Johnson, Esq.) was published with Corwin Press in October 2014. She is presently codifying evaluation findings related to her work in the implementation of systemic equity training across the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams is the proud mom of a son, Andrew, who is the daily inspiration for her work for all children.