Equity & Thought Leadership
About Jeff Horton of Duluth, Minnesota
More on his background and perspective on equity
Jeff Horton is an educator currently serving as Superintendent of the GFW Public Schools who is passionate about promoting equity and diversity in the world of education.
Growing up with a diverse friend group, equity has always been a part of Jeff’s learning and life experiences. As a result, he knows that equity is about more than pandering or giving someone a seat at the table. Equity is about full inclusion and making sure everyone’s voice is heard and carried equal weight.
As a citizen and as an educator in Minnesota, Jeff Horton loves empowering other people to help themselves in their own lives. He’s always been a believer of the “give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for life” kind of mentality, and works passionately to help people develop the skills and the confidence they need to succeed in their own ways. For Jeff, the act of helping others is more than just performative; he’s not looking to make a difference in the lives of those around him to make himself feel better or feel like he’s accomplished something. Rather, Jeff wants to create an environment where everyone feels empowered and equipped to build their own paths.
JEFF HORTON’S VISION
Learn more about Jeff’s vision for the future of education
Having worked in education for many years, Jeff Horton Duluth knows how important representation is, especially in the classroom. Students learn best when they can relate to their teachers and develop a connection with them, and Jeff wants to ensure that the staff and faculty in educational institutions better reflect the student population that they’re serving.
In conjunction with his work in equity, Jeff Horton is fascinated with technology and the impact that it has on the world around us, including education. Through technology, we’ve been able to connect around the globe in ways like never before and share information and insights in an entirely new and revolutionary way.
It’s also helped take education from a straight and narrow discipline and expanded it to include more ways for people to learn and educate themselves and others. Technology is also bridging the gap for students with disabilities to be better able to connect with and absorb the educational material. He knows that an engaged student is a good student, and if we can work to increase the students’ engagement, we can also improve their learning.
To glean more insight on Jeff Horton Duluth and the work he’s done in equity and thought leadership in education, check out his blog page!