Rané Garcia

Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Rané fought for equity as a classroom teacher in Michigan, Texas, and Illinois. She then received her master’s degree from Grand Valley State University and became an elementary school principal in Jenison Public Schools, a suburb of Grand Rapids. In this new role she focused on the science of reading, hiring a student-centered team, and providing them the support and resources they needed. She led the implementation of systems of support in core academic areas and social skills. These systems were designed to meet the needs of all students, those who deserved extra support, as well as those who were ready for extra challenges. Culminating 16 years as a principal, Rané’s K-6 building was a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School based on academic growth within groups.

In 2016, Rané returned to her hometown of Muskegon Heights, first as the assistant superintendent, then as the superintendent. During a five-year period, she worked to grow a strong team that prioritized rebuilding trust with families, created systems for stability, and focused on culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy. During this time, she worked to provide the children of Muskegon Heights opportunities and access as she saw them available to children in suburban districts, refusing to believe that ‘good enough’ was ‘good enough’. Rané is grateful to have worked in each of these diverse school settings and roles where she hopes she provided as much joy, love, and learning as she received.

Rané is now the Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Michigan
Department of Education. She is honored to be in this position and working with districts, ISDs, and
professional organizations to improve access, opportunity, and belonging for all of Michigan’s public school students.

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Day 2
September 21, 2023
10:15 am

Hot Topic Session: Building a Better World for Michigan Kids

21 September

Learn about new programs and activities aligned with Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan from leaders of the Michigan Department of Education to help district leaders improve outcomes for students. Participants will learn about efforts to increase the numbers of certified teachers in areas of shortage, improve early literacy achievement, expand early childhood learning opportunities, and improve student mental health. This engaging, hot topic session will also discuss new budget items and statutes that address adequate and equitable school funding, transportation, and universal school meals.

Dr. Sue Carnell, Chief Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Delsa Chapman, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Diane Golzynski, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Michele Harmala, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Michael F. Rice, State Superintendent,
Richard Lower, Director, Office of Preschool & Out-of-School Time Learning
Rané Garcia, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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