AAIE's Guiding Statement

AAIE is committed to building an inclusive global community in which each member feels a deep sense of belonging and a shared sense of purpose. We believe that equity in all we do adds value, deepens understanding, and expands opportunities for everyone in our community. 


Action Plan 

We strive to achieve tangible actions and evidence of change by supporting school leaders to lead with vision, courage, wisdom, and integrity. These principles will be embodied by:

  • Examining and replacing our practices that work better for all;
  • Reflecting and ensuring equity in all that we do; and 
  • Including perspectives and experiences of our community members to center our work.


AAIE Equity Conversations

AAIE’s Equity Conversations, like Listening Circles emphasizes deep listening, open sharing, and respectful communication. These conversations provide a safe and inclusive space for participants to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences while others listen without judgment. AAIE seeks to create a space for empathy, active listening, and authentic connection. We encourage participants to move beyond surface-level conversations and engage in deep, meaningful discussions that can lead to personal growth, improved relationships, and positive community dynamics.

Join Jennifer Beckwith and Laura Light for this Equity Conversation during which we will use the report published by the Diversity Collaborative/ISS/CIS/George Mason University in August 2021 to kick off our conversations.


Equity Conversation Guidelines
Adapted from the Institute of Restorative Practices on Listening Circles

Welcome and guidelines:

  1. Speak from your heart: speak for yourself, your perspectives, needs and experiences. Trust what comes from the heart will be what the conversation needs.

  2. Listen from the heart: let go of stories and judgment that make it hard to hear others.

  3. Say just enough: without feeling rushed, be concise and considerate of time of others

  4. Trust that you will know what to say when it is your turn to speak.  No need to rehearse.

  5. Consider the impact your words may have on others over the intent of your words or how you hope they are perceived.  One way to think of this is, when you are considering what to say, ask, “Does it serve the conversation?”

To keep with the intent of our Equity Conversations, we will honor and respect the experiences that our colleagues share with us today and at the same time avoid naming any other person when sharing our own thoughts or perspectives. What is shared in these conversations stays in the conversation. What is learned can leave the with us. We are establishing this safe space for our work together today.