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

Teaching and Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Teach Further

TL;DR: Never Forget: Teaching 9/11 twenty years later. This post shares ideas on how to include September 11th in your classroom through a trauma-informed lens. Remembering September 11, 2001 Almost everyone I grew up with has a story related to the attacks of September 11th. Some of the kids I went to school with or grew up with lost relatives, … Read More

What Are Book Deserts?

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: A book desert is defined as a “geographic area with limited access to age-appropriate books, print materials and reading culture.”  Reading requires time and access to materials. Students have a right to quality, diverse, and robust selections of books. Consider representation in reading materials. Readers who can see themselves in books are more likely to pick up more books. What is … Read More

35. How to Weave Social Justice Into Your Lesson Desson with Dr. Leena Bakshi

Michele Schmidt MooreDesign Lessons Podcast

Hey Designers, Have you thought about how you can weave social justice into your instructional designs? On this episode we are talking to Dr. Leena Bakshi, the founder of STEM4Real. She gives us some concrete ways to integrate social justice into the fabric of our instructional design. After seeing the limited access that underrepresented students have to math and science … Read More

 Have Courageous Conversations

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Advocate for equity and inclusion by being brave and honest. Know you can’t control the reaction of others, but you can control your actions to create positive spaces. Don’t let the voice of someone be silenced. It’s not ok, so speak up. This post shares 4 steps to having courageous conversations. Journaling/Reflection Questions for Courageous Conversations: Can you plan … Read More