One of the current hot topics in education is district, school and classroom level equity toward children of color and other underserved student populations. This highly engaging, self-reflective keynote address focuses on school leadership relative to issues of equity in the classroom and meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of the whole child. It challenges school leaders to look within themselves relative to how they see, treat and relate with their staffs and students in these areas. It challenges school leaders to confront whatever biases they may bring to their own leadership practices and ensure their staff feel supported, challenged, healthy, safe, and engaged in order to fulfill their vital role of nurturing students.? It argues that high academic performance is an impossibility in school learning environments where equity fails to exist. Principal Kafele will share strategies toward creating and sustaining an equitable school environment which will be inclusive of important conversations around the whole child and whole educator.