Whew! What a year! If the past 9 months have taught me anything, it’s that so many of you out there are fiercely dedicated to your students and are passionate about creating more equitable classroom environments. My soul has been consistently kept afloat by the thoughtful conversations about equity that I have had with so many of our district’s teachers, support staff, administrators, and students. So many of you have come to me with quiet admissions that you aren’t sure where to start or how to possibly fix all that needs fixing. In solidarity, I’ve celebrated with you and shared heavy sighs of overwhelm with you because we know that the work of equity is never done. There are many days when the work feels intensely lonely and heavy but I’ve been so lucky to find amazing humans across the district (I hope you all know who you are), and across the world, to keep me going when the work gets tough. In this blog post, I want to introduce you to some resources that I have found to be fountains of information and support.
This is my current favorite! This is an awesome follow for very real conversations about the power of educators to create more equitable learning spaces. There is even a website to check out.
Val Brown is one of the founders of Clear the Air and she is amazing! I had the privilege of learning from her last fall at a Teaching Tolerance workshop and her passion and humor lift me up every time!
Speaking of Teaching Tolerance, it has been one of my go-to resources for years. They have lesson plans, articles, and all sorts of amazing resources.
Rethinking Schools is another resource that I have used for years! They publish books, produce films, and put out a magazine that is full of articles that have helped me rethink so many aspects of educational equity over the years.
Zaretta Hammond has really deepened my understanding of culturally responsive teaching this year. In her book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, she uses research on brain science to help us understand the power culture has on learning. Her work has helped me think even more deeply about how to leverage culture to increase student engagement.
Dr. Adrienne Keene is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Assistant Professor at Brown University. She writes an amazing blog called, Native Appropriations, in which she talks about stereotypes of Native peoples. I can't even begin to list all the things I've learned by following her! She has really opened up my eyes to so many of the myths I've been told about Indigenous Americans and has helped me rethink the way we teach much of our American Indian curriculum.
And as always, The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning is a wonderful resource! Dr. Sharroky Hollie can always fire me up! I have met so many amazing people through his work and if you aren’t following him yet, do so. He is always sharing stories of teachers from across the country (including many of our very own RPS teachers) who are on their responsiveness journey-assuring us that we are not alone in this work!
There are so many more that I love, and even more amazing folks out there whom I haven’t learned of/from yet. If you have any other folks you like to follow on Twitter, let me know so I can keep learning, too! Remember, the work of educational equity is hard, but we don’t need to do it alone. Let’s keep working together to do better for all of our students and families.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I look forward to continuing our equity journey next year!
This post brought to you by Kim Eversman, E-12 Equity Implementation Associate
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