LaShawn Routé Chatmon

LaShawn Routé Chatmon is the founding Executive Director of the National Equity Project, leading the organization’s transition from the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES).  Under her leadership, the National Equity Project has become one of the leading voices in a movement to change the conversation and approach used to achieve racial equity in education. LaShawn previously served as a coach and director of the high school redesign initiative, where her team pioneered new school design processes, principal network development and site coaching that transformed educational experiences and outcomes for teachers and students in Oakland, CA.  

LaShawn was a MetLife Teaching Fellow, and is currently a LeaderSpring ED Fellow. LaShawn earned a B.A. in political science from University of California, Berkeley; a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University; and an Administrative Credential from California State University, Sacramento’s Urban Leadership Program. LaShawn is a California native and resides in Oakland, CA with her husband and their three sons. 

Over the course of the conversation, LaShawn speaks to her love of learning and school, teachers who most influenced her life and why and how they did, the current state of the equity sector post-2016 and her continually evolving thoughts on the state of education reform here in Oakland.  As you’ll hear, the main theme LaShawn repeatedly comes back to revolves around the question of who we, as a community, want to be.

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