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Lessons from March Madness: Reimagining Equity in Education

Updated: Jun 26

As March Madness unfolds, I'm reminded of the powerful insights shared by Bettina Love in a recent Education Week article. An award-winning author and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, Love draws a compelling parallel between the resources allocated to celebrated student-athletes and the concept of equity in education.

Reflecting on her experience as a Division I basketball player, Love saw firsthand the difference that support and resources can make. Her work challenges us to consider how we can extend this level of support to all students—especially those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Love's call to action is clear: it's time to extend the principles of equity practiced in Division I college athletics to the broader educational landscape. Imagine the impact we could make if every student had access to dedicated tutors, healthcare, meals, and a supportive academic environment. 

At The Leader Network, we’re committed to answering this call. Our Coaching & Mentoring, Roundtables & Networking, and Organizational Development & Leadership Growth programs empower independent school leaders to create environments where equity is not just a goal—but a reality.

Let's use this March Madness season as a reminder of what's possible when we commit to equity in education. Together, we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed—on and off the court.

With highest hopes,

Jim Best Co-Founder


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