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School Leadership for Social Justice | SLSJ is an educational equity consulting firm providing customized services to EC-16 schools and educational communities as you launch and expand your equity work. We are not equity practitioners entering the education space. We are educators who focus on educational equity. We do what you do. We live what you live. As scholar-practitioners working in education and equity, we employ research-based strategies toward improving academic outcomes for Black, Hispanic, and other historically marginalized students. Through well-crafted, impactful, research-based professional development, focused and responsive consulting, and comprehensive support, we help schools and districts position themselves to achieve exemplary outcomes for students.

Dr. Sharla Horton-Williams has a 20-year career in early childhood and PK-12 education and is committed to achieving educational excellence and equity for all students - especially Black and Hispanic students who have historically been underserved in education. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in private, public charter, and traditional public schools. Sharla earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, where her research focused on the role of the school leadership in closing the opportunity-achievement gap.


Dr. Toni Harrison-Kelly is a fifteen-year exemplary teaching veteran. For the last five years, she has taught at a Dallas ISD Accelerating Campus Excellence school turnaround. Dr. Kelly is also an education consultant, having worked with a variety of community partners, including KERA, the Dallas-area PBS affiliate. Dr. Harrison-Kelly earned her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, where she focused on student engagement in high-poverty, high-minority schools.

We equip early childhood programs, PK-12 independent, public, and public charter schools, higher education institutions, and educational organizations as you explore and initiate your work in educational equity and justice. We help you develop a vision for excellence and offer the support needed to fully realize your vision for achievement and success for all.
  • Nationally, Black students are three times are more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students.
  • Nationally, Black students are more likely to have an ineffective teacher than white students.
  • Nationally, only 12% of Black students, compared to 25% of white students take Algebra 1 in the 8th grade.
  • Nationally, Black students' performed more than 20 points below white students in reading and math.
This is inequity. This is injustice. This has to change. Many school leaders, though, recognize these statistics as problematic but don't know how to significantly reverse the trends in their schools or districts. We believe that the power to change outcomes for Black and brown students lies in the hands of the school leaders - classroom leaders, campus leaders, and community leaders. You can change this, and we can help.
  • Customized adult learning and professional development for teachers and leaders in educational excellence, anti-racism, equity, and justice in schools and educational organizations

  • Webinars and keynote addresses to ignite, inspire, and encourage teachers and leaders toward academic success for ALL students

  • Teacher training, mentoring, and professional development to accelerate exemplary performance including a program specific to new teachers, New Teacher Univerity

  • School and district leader coaching and strategic planning designed to move your equity and justice work forward with fidelity and for results

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.