The Eanes ISD Board voted to retain Dr. Mark Gooden’s services for a second year as our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultant. During the 2020-21 school year, Dr. Gooden led the process to enhance community, staff and student awareness and to cultivate an environment of understanding unique similarities and differences. Dr. Gooden also supported the district through needs assessments, staff development, working directly with focus/advisory group(s) and serving as a consultant to community/leadership/ staff/student meetings.
Dr. Gooden has worked with Austin ISD as well as numerous school districts throughout the U.S. and abroad to provide needs assessments, professional development and consulting around racial awareness and equity. In addition to writing several articles for various publications and speaking at conferences both nationally and internationally, Dr. Gooden is co-author of a book entitled “Five Practices for Equity-Focused Leadership.”
Dr. Gooden is currently the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of Education Leadership and Director of the Endeavor Antiracist and Restorative Leadership Initiative in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he recently served as Program Director of Education Leadership and Director of the Summer Principals Academy-New York City. Additionally, he was the Director of the Principalship Program in Educational Administration and the Margie Gurley Seay Centennial Professor at the University of Texas before accepting the position at Columbia in 2017.
To read more about the specific services Dr. Gooden will provide, please see the link below regarding the district’s contract: