Tuesday, 7/28 at 2pm ET/11am PT

"What do we see when we look at problems and solutions through an equity lens?" At the Morris School District (MSD) in Morristown, New Jersey, this question has led to candid, data-driven dialogue about equity, inclusion, and school climate. It helps administrators and educators address racism in schools head on by anchoring conversations in data and student voice.

Join us for an expert Q&A with district leaders from the MSD. Panelists will cover:

  • Conducting a root-cause analysis of the systemic factors contributing to achievement gaps for Hispanic and Black students in the district
  • Developing a comprehensive and district-wide equity plan that led to significant increases in ELA test scores and decreases in behavioral referrals
  • Using design thinking and student surveys to anchor conversations about race in student voice
  • Providing professional development to help staff examine unconscious bias 

Plus, have an opportunity to ask your own questions in a live Q&A!

Expert Panelists:


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Lora Clark, Director of Personnel and Equity, Morris School District (NJ)



Lora Clark currently is the Director of Human Resources/Personnel/Equity for The Morris School District. She started her educational career as a third-grade teacher and was recruited soon after to teach at the Normandy Park Multiage Magnet School. During her fifteen years as a classroom teacher, she took on lead teacher responsibilities. She collaborated with master teachers and administration to develop a standards-based progress report, and she facilitated training for teachers. Ms. Clark went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and became principal for The Lafayette Learning Center Preschool. She collaborated with FDU and taught as an adjunct professor for the graduate level Educational Leadership program. In 2012 she became principal of the Normandy Park Multiage Magnet School where she previously taught. During her leadership she built a bridge between home and school and engaged the community in partnerships that enhanced instruction for all students. In 2018 Ms. Clark was appointed to restructure and manage the Human Resource Department of the Morris School District, which is the position she currently holds. She is passionate about equity and access to quality instruction for all students.   


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Debora Engelfried, Director of Social-Emotional Learning, Morris School District (NJ) 


Deb Engelfried is the Supervisor of Social Emotional Learning and Information Management at the Morris School District in Morristown, NJ.  She leads initiatives to ensure all students develop the skills, values, and attitudes necessary for their success in their school, home, and community.  Deb is responsible for the seamless management and integration of student information to enable informed decisions supporting student growth. She has worked in education for 15 years, and pursued her passion in education after 15 years in corporate IT, leading organizational change initiatives through transformational technology projects.