Shine Bright | Luis Cruz | Don’t Overthink It

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:46), Tom opens with a quick story from last week about how the small things in life – even if they are manufactured – can make a big difference in how we are feeling. Then, Tom is joined by friend and colleague Luis Cruz (11:19) to explore what it means to fulfill society’s new, more modern … Read More

The Role of the Perpetrator, Victim, Bystander, and Upstander

Steven WeberBlog, Engage Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Teachers and administrators make multiple decisions each day. These decisions can have a long-lasting impact on a student. When making decisions as an administrator or school team, they should ask three questions about access, inclusion, and equity. There needs to be a sense of urgency to ensure we prepare each learner for the next level. We need to be … Read More

Take Ownership: It’s Leadership!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Take ownership to speak up when there is injustice and make a difference. Equitable practices in education mean change sparked by reflection. Consider our biases and use picture books to introduce the 7 “isms” to start the conversation: ableism, classism, ageism, religion as an ism, racism, homophobia/heterosexism, and sexism. Take ownership: It’s leadership! Leaders speak up when there is … Read More

Breaking Down Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR:  Diversity, equity, and inclusion must also include justice. Schools are smaller microcosms of our world, and include power dynamics that communities need to make sense of in order to shift from diversity and inclusion to equity and justice.  This past week’s Daily Drop In theme was equity and inclusion. This is a topic close to my heart and even … Read More

5 Perspectives on Equity In Schools

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better, Teach Further

TL;DR: 5 perspectives on equity in schools include believers, doubters, traditionalists, bystanders, and upstanders. Exclusion and intolerance have no place in public education. Steven joined Rae Hughart for an episode of the Daily Drop In to discuss equity and inclusion. Click here to watch! There is a growing movement to denounce terms such as equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching.  … Read More