July 30, 2020
About Brad Weinstein Brad Weinstein is the Chief Innovation Officer and a co-founder of BehaviorFlip, the first software that utilizes restorative practices. He has been featured in numerous high-profile publications and podcasts including Washington Post, Cult of Pedagogy, and School Leaders Now. Brad also created TeacherGoals on social media, which is one of the most popular educational accounts in the world. Brad worked as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction in downtown Indianapolis. Prior to that, he served as principal on the eastside of Indianapolis. Brad is a former teacher of the year and taught for 11 years at the middle school and elementary school level. He holds a B.A. in Education from Purdue University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, and completed a Principal Licensure Program from Indiana Wesleyan University. About Nathan Maynard Nathan Maynard is a youth advocate, educational leader, and change maker. He is the co-author of Washington Post bestselling and award-winning Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Nathan also is the co-founder of BehaviorFlip, the first restorative behavior management software. Nathan studied behavioral neuroscience at Purdue University and has been facilitating restorative practices for more than 10 years. He was awarded “Youth Worker of the Year” through dedicating his time with helping underserved and underprivileged youth involved with the juvenile justice system in Indiana. He was instrumental in the design and opening of Purdue University's first high school in 2017, Purdue Polytechnic High School, serving underserved and underprivileged youth in inner city Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to his four years as a school administrator, he was a youth worker and program director in a youth residential treatment care center. He is passionate about addressing the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the achievement gap through implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices. Nathan has expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Youth Development, Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Informed building practices to assist with creating positive school climates. Show Highlights Inclusive school environments Identifying if our schools are inclusive Inclusivity in online spaces Going beyond lip service Getting staff on board with inclusivity and promoting social justice Connect with Brad @WeinsteinEdu Connect with Nathan @NmaynardEdu @BehaviorFlip Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins  
July 27, 2020
About Sawsan Jaber, Ph.D. A global educator with twenty years of experience in a variety of positions, Dr. Sawsan Jaber is an educational leader in multiple settings in the U.S. and abroad. She has a passion for facilitating critical conversations about equity in schools with educators and educational leaders. Sawsan is a Board Director of Our Voice Alliance charged with amplifying voices of teachers of color to create more equity for students of color.  Sawsan is a National Board Certificate candidate.  She is the founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting. Sawsan is one of the founding members of the Arab American Education Network. She is a featured speaker in regional, national, and international educator conferences.  Show Highlights BIPOC supporting each other The fear of saying the wrong thing Challenges in racial equality and advocacy Words without action Connect with Sawsan @SJEducate Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
July 20, 2020
About Barbara (BK) Kennedy, Ed.D. Dr. Barbara Kennedy ("BK"), co-author of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 3rd Edition (2018), is the founder of GlobaLingo Education Consulting, LLC. A multilingual educator and advocate for equity for over thirty years, BK has served as a teacher of world languages and bilingual education, district administrator, national consultant, and state director. Fluent in English, German, and Spanish, BK has conducted research on the bilingual teacher shortage in US K-12 schools. She devotes her everyday energies to supporting dual language educators in equity-focused program design, redesign, and evaluation, as well as through professional development. Show Highlights Utilizing world language Emerging Bilingual and Multilingual Education Discovering languages Linguistic Equity Certification challenges Some strategies for recruiting multilingual teachers Compensation for multilingual educators Connect with BK  Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
July 13, 2020
About Ambra Green, Ph.D. Dr. Ambra L. Green is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research is focused on behavior disorders, positive behavior intervention and supports, and disproportionality in special education referrals and exclusionary practices. She has experience working within the U.S. Department of Education Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) and serves on the OSEP Center on PBIS equity workgroup. She is a national special education scholar with publications and funded research focused on diverse learners with disabilities and issues of inequity and injustice for vulnerable populations. Show Highlights What is PBIS? PBIS vs RTI Benefits of PBIS Challenges of PBIS Flexibility in PBIS Connect with Ambra Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
July 6, 2020
Register for the Creating A New Normal Virtual Summit About Kelli Rugless, Psy.D. Dr. Kelli Rugless is a Licensed Psychologist and the owner of Flourish Psychology, a private psychological practice dedicated to meeting the unique needs of women. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master’s degree and Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Health Psychology, from Loma Linda University. Dr. Kelli is a Board Member at Breaking the Chains Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on using creative arts as tools for healing eating disorders, disordered eating and negative body image. Her work focuses on delivering evidenced-based services in a culturally-sensitive manner to the women in her practice as well as making psychological concepts more relevant and accessible to the general population. She has participated in a number of panels, podcasts, magazine articles, and speaking engagements and is in production of her own podcast “The Hangup” which focuses specifically on uplifting women by discussing our unique strengths and how to capitalize on them in our everyday lives.  Dr. Kelli is a member of several professional associations including the American Psychological Association, The Academy for Eating Disorders, and the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals. Dr. Kelli lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two sons Show Highlights Equitable Learning Spaces Coaching Teachers Strategies for Instructional Coaches Issues with Bias and White Supremacy Healing Conversations Connect with Kelli IG: dr.kellirugless Website: Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
June 29, 2020
Register for the Creating A New Normal Virtual Summit About Elena Aguilar Elena has trained thousands of educators across the United States and abroad in transformational coaching. She is the author of four highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams, (2016) Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018) and the Onward Workbook (2018), and the forthcoming Coaching for Equity (August 2020). She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and she was a blogger for EdWeek Teacher for many years.  Elena’s expertise derives from twenty five years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. In her role as a consultant, she has partnered with leaders in public and private organizations across the United States and abroad. Elena is also the co-founder of Kenya Big Picture Learning, and she’s on the advisory board of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Elena holds a BA in history and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her teaching credential from California State University, Hayward, and she also holds an administrative services credential. Elena lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, son, and two cats. When she’s not coaching or writing she enjoys traveling abroad, photographing birds, hiking, drinking coffee and reading fiction. Show Highlights Equitable Learning Spaces Coaching Teachers Strategies for Instructional Coaches Issues with Bias and White Supremacy Healing Conversations Connect with Elena Twitter: @brightmorningtm Website: Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
June 22, 2020
Register for the Creating A New Normal Virtual Summit About Joe Truss Joe Truss is committed to dismantling white supremacy culture in schools. He brings 15 years of experience, and originally grew up in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. A first generation college student, he graduated from UC Berkeley, before attending Tufts University where he got his teaching credential. He began as a high school Spanish teacher in East Oakland. After attending UC Berkeley's PLI program, he started school leadership work and now has been the Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in SFUSD, for 5 years. There, he has worked to grow Project Based Learning, restorative practices, and reading intervention. In 2018, he started his blog, where he writes about school leadership and racial equity work. He also offers workshops and leadership coaching.  Show Highlights Who is Joe Truss? What’s on Joe’s mind these days? Racism in America Digging into our ancestors White Supremacy culture and ways to dismantle it Connect with Joe Twitter: @trussleadership Website: Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins Equity Leader Accelerator
June 15, 2020
Register for the Creating A New Normal Virtual Summit About Julye Williams Julye Williams leads First Book’s Accelerator - a division designed to shrink the time expertise from leading researchers and practitioners gets into the hands of educators serving students in under-resourced schools and programs. Julye began her career establishing free tutoring programs in New York City public schools, and went on to create the cultural exchange program, Global Youth Connect, to give students across continents exposure to one another. She later co-founded North Star Academy - Liberty Elementary in Newark, NJ that continues to educate 450 students annually. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Julye holds an MBA from Florida A & M University. Show Highlights First Book Sources of Childhood Trauma Trauma’s Effect on Learning Strategies to Help Students Compassion Fatigue in Educators Connect with Julye Twitter: @FirstBook IG: @julyewilliams Website: Email: Additional Resources Download The Trauma Toolkit Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
June 8, 2020
About Kelisa Wing Kelisa Wing has been in education for 14 years. Her journey into the teaching profession began after she was honorably discharged from the United States Army. She served as a Youth Consultant for the Self-Expression Teen Theater (SETT) under the United Way in Toledo, Ohio. After moving to Germany with her family, she began substitute teaching, then transitioned to a Special Education paraprofessional, was a school secretary, and eventually, an Administrative Officer. She then taught 8th-grade Language Arts and Reading to military-connected students at Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia, has been an Elementary School Assistant Principal in West Point, New York, and is now a Professional Development Specialist in Virginia. Kelisa honorably served in the U.S. Army for six years and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. She is the author of 'Conversations' (2006), 'Weeds & Seeds: How To Stay Positive in the Midst of Life’s Storms' (2017), 'Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline' (2018), 'If I Could: Lessons for Navigating an Unjust World', and a contributing author of 'Becoming a Globally Competent Teacher' (ASCD, 2019). She is a 2017 State Teacher of the Year, a 2016 Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader, and the 2017 University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Edward Parnell Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. She is the only educator on the Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA) Steering Committee, and a member of the Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity (LEAE) with the ECRA. As a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), she has led efforts for mentoring teacher leaders through a partnership with 100Kin10, and she is also a member of ASCD. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Learner Variability Project (LVP) & Digital Promise, ASCD’s Global Advisory Council, and the ASCD College Football Playoff Foundation (CFP) Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline Working Group. She speaks both nationally and internationally about discipline reform, equity, student engagement, and many other topics Kelisa holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UMUC, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Kelisa credits her faith in God, and His grace, favor, and mercy as the key to her success. Kelisa lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and children. Show Highlights Systemic Racism Teaching with Standards Overcoming Fears and Biases Teaching Black History Teaching Other Cultures to Students Connect with Kelisa Twitter: @kelisa_I2teach Website: Additional Resources If I Could: Lessons for Navigating An Unjust World Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins
June 1, 2020
About Desmond Williams Desmond served six years at an all-boys school in Washington DC, teaching four years and serving as principal for two more years. His first year as an administrator reading scores soared to 64% proficient. In his second year, and upon his departure, The Bishop Walker School boasted reading scores of 83% proficiency. After leaving BWS, Desmond founded and launched Nylinka School Solutions. One of Desmond’s big goals was to help other educators increase the level of engagement and investment of boys of color.  Mr. Williams does this by leveraging his experience and expertise to aid schools and school districts.  The goal of Nylinka School Solutions is to help children achieve their dreams one solution at a time. In all, Desmond has spent nine years as a teacher and seven as an administrator. However, his greatest satisfaction is seeing kids maintain their enthusiasm for leaving their mark on the world. He has recently ventured into the world of writing. His first book The Burning House: Educating Black Boys inModern America was released in February of 2020 and debuted as a #1 New Release. In the fall of 2020, Desmond will return to Howard University to pursue his PhD in Educational Psychology. Show Highlights Educating Black Males Issues of Standardized Testing Alternative Way of Testing Strategies for Advocacy Disproportionalities in Special Education Programs The Other Health Impairment/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Label Connect with Desmond Twitter: @Nylinka #sobtc Website: Email:  Additional Resources The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins
May 25, 2020
About Arun Boudh Arun Boudh is Co-Founder and Director of Lokuttara Leadership Academy and its educational residence, Blossom Projects, which provides English, Technology, Mathematics, Art, humane education and various life skills to students from the most remote regions of Kerala.  Arun is from Kerala, south India, with a BAin  Malayalam literature from BM College in Mavelikara, and a diploma in Buddhism and Social Work from Nagarjuna Training Institute in Nagaloka in Nagpur. He is a Buddhist Dhammamitra practicing in Triratna BouddhaMaghasangh. Arun has been collaborating with Dayamudra at  Jai Bhim International since 2009 and leads social work trainings, educational workshops, and Ambedkerite Buddhist teachings across Kerala. Earlier in his career, he launched The Ambedkar Education and Cultural Society, which evolved into a democratic public space for the learners and artists, providing English and Music education and hosting public forums on Ambedker thought. Arun has translated three works of  Dr. B.H. Ambedkar “Buddha and the Future of his Religion”, “1956 Conversion Speech”, “Buddha or Karl Marx”, as well as Urgyen Sangharakshita’s “Dhamma Revolution” into  Malayalam. About Dayamudra Dennehy Dayamudra Ann Dennehy is an ESL tenure track faculty member at City College of San Francisco, where she works with language learners at all levels of English language proficiency in Credit, Non-Credit, and Vocational classes, in face-to-face and online classes. Dayamudra has led grassroots educational projects with a Mayan weaving cooperative in Guatemala and a Roma/Gypsy community program in Hungary, taught at a language school in Indonesia, has led yoga and meditation workshops across the U.S., India, Mexico, Scotland, and Spain, and has studied 8 languages, including English. She founded her own non-profit organization, Jai Bhim International, in 2008, which she leads as volunteer Creative Director collaborating with with an India-based team on an alternative leadership academy, serving caste-oppressed Dalit and Adivasi students in Kerala who have dropped out of high school. Daya is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership/ Equity and Social Justice doctorate program at San Francisco State University, to be completed 2021. Show Highlights Youth Retreat for Dalit in India Growth of the Youth Retreat Dalit Youth Becoming Role Models Leadership Academy India Schooling System India's National Languages Success Stories of Leadership Academy Connect with Arun Connect with Daya Twitter: @sfdaya IG: @dayamudra_esl Website: Blossom Projects Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins
May 18, 2020
About Renae Azziz, Ed.D. Dr. Renae Azziz is the Founder and Director of Virtuoso Education Consulting. She and her team of consultants support educators nationally with Equity-focused best practices. Before starting Virtuoso Education Consulting, Renae practiced as a School Psychologist. Currently, Renae and team provide consultation, training, and facilitation to schools, districts, and State Education Agencies regarding Assessment, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Culturally Responsive Practices, Proactive Discipline, Implicit Bias, and Disproportionality in Special Education.   Renae is the author of several articles and professional development resources geared to supporting educators with developing awareness, knowledge, and skills to meet the needs of all students.  Renae received her undergraduate and school psychologist training from Indiana University and earned her Doctorate in Education at The Johns Hopkins University. Show Highlights The Problem of Disproportionality Causes of Disproportionality Making More Equitable Learning Environments How Disproportionality Effects School Discipline Mitigating Disproportionality in Schools   Connect with Renae Twitter: @Virtuoso_Ed Website: Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins
May 11, 2020
  About Kiera Vargas, JD Kiera Vargas is an educator who realizes that one of the key components to teaching is to “love thy student and nurture them like your own.” She has taught in North Carolina, she was the 2019 Teacher of the Year for Madison County, located in Madison, Florida, and taught for a Department of Defense Education Activity School in Kentucky, and she currently teaches in the Language, Literature, and Philosophy Department at Tennessee State University. Kiera Vargas has presented on various topics; to include most recently, “Librarians Being Open-Minded Professionals: Fostering Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity,” Building Teacher/Relationship; Kiera Vargas holds a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication concentration Public Relations and MS in English Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Juris Doctorate from Charlotte School of Law, and an MLIS from Drexel University. Kiera’s research interests are: Critical Race Theory, School to Prison Pipeline, Minorities and Education, The Education Gap, Education Policy, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, Information Literacy. Main Points The Importance of Relationships During COVID-19 Establishing Communication With Students Building Relationships During COVID-19 Building Relationships Online Connecting With Students Connect with Kiera Twitter: @DrSurvivor Website: Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins
May 4, 2020
About Shamari Reid Shamari is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the department of Curriculum & Teaching where he is completing his dissertation on the agency of Black LGBTQ+ youth in NYC. Before starting his doctoral program, he completed a B.A. in Spanish Education at Oklahoma City University and an M.A in Spanish and TESOL at New York University. He has taught Spanish and ESL at the elementary, secondary, and post secondary levels in Oklahoma, New York, Uruguay, and Spain. Most recently, he began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on Urban Education, Teaching Developmental Reading, and Literacy, Language, and Culture at CUNY-Hunter College. His research explores the possibilities of involving Black youth in explorations of their agency, activism, and advocacy and what such explorations could mean for the preparation of their teachers. Connect with Shamari Website: Twitter: @shamarikreid Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins  
April 27, 2020
About Terri Watson, Ph.D. Terri N. Watson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and Human Development at The City College of New York. A Harlem native, her research examines effective school leadership and is aimed to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of historically excluded and underserved students and families. Dr. Watson is the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Educational Administration and History (Taylor & Francis Group) titled, A Seat at the Table: Examining the Impact, Ingenuity, and Leadership Practices of Black Woman and Girls in PK – 20 Contexts (Publication Date: Summer 2020). Show Highlights Difference Between Anti-Racist and Performative Wokeness Kindness is Already Practiced Risking Your Job for Anti-Racism Leading Anti-Racist Work Providing Representation of Everyone Reconstructing the School System Connect with Terri Twitter: @terrinwatson Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
April 20, 2020
About Amy Samuels, Ed.D. Amy Samuels is an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo in Alabama where she teaches in the Instructional Leadership and Teacher Leadership programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies, with a minor in Black Studies, from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Later, she earned both her master’s and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida where she specialized in curriculum policy and development, Critical Race Theory, and practices for fostering equitable schools. Regarding research, Dr. Samuels’ professional publications in journals and book chapters align with the topics of educational justice, culturally responsive pedagogy, and race and racism. She has delivered multiple presentations at national and international conferences such as the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), American Educational Researchers’ Association (AERA), and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) on topics related to racially just schools, culturally responsive teaching, and strategies for creating inclusive classrooms. Her recent work includes Champions of Equity: Fostering Civic Education to Challenge Silence, Racial Inequity, and Injustice (Multicultural Perspectives, 2019), The Revolution Will be Live: Examining Educational (In)Justice through the Lens of Black Lives Matter (Journal of Educational Controversy, 2018), and Exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Teachers’ Perspectives of Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms (The SRATE Journal, 2018). Discussions About Race in the Classroom The Idea of Fragility What To Do When a Teacher is Called “Racist” Having Difficult Conversations About Race Implicit Bias Connect with Amy Twitter: @ajasamuels27 Email: Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins LE 97: 4 Things to Consider in the Pursuit of Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms with Dr. Amy Samuels
April 13, 2020
About Marty Martinez, Ed.D. Dr. Marty Martinez is an educational leader in PreK-12 education at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) in Sacramento, CA.  Marty currently leads the SCOE Principals’ Academy which serves practicing public, charter and private school principals in enhancing their leadership capacity and in developing practical strategies to support the development of learning cultures where all students thrive.  Marty has taught across multiple grade levels at the elementary school level, and served as a school principal/administrator at several diverse schools. In addition to his work at SCOE, Marty also teaches leadership and leading innovation courses in the Benerd School of Education’s Doctoral Program at the University of the Pacific. Connect with Marty Email: Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
April 6, 2020
About Beth Poss Beth Poss is the Director of Educational Initiatives for LessonPix. She is also a speech/language pathologist and a former special education administrator, assistant principal, and assistive technology team member with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland. She is passionate about supporting all students in accessing a rigorous curriculum in a Universally Designed Learned educational environment. She is an adjunct faculty member for Johns Hopkins University and presents nationally on best practices in Universal Design for Learning, Special Education, Assistive Technology, Instructional Technology, and Early Childhood Education. Areas of special interest include Designing Inclusive Learning Environments, Visual Supports for Students with Disabilities, and Culturally Responsive Teaching. Show Highlights What is UDL and why should educators be using it? Myths around UDL Differentiation vs UDL How to use UDL in the classroom Connect with Beth Twitter: @possbeth Email: Additional Resources UDL Resources Culturally Responsive Design for English Language Learners, The UDL Approach by Patti Kelly Ralabate and Loui Lord Nelson Dive Into UDL, Immersive Practices to Develop Expert Learners by Kendra Grant and Luis Perez Your UDL Lesson Planner: The Step by Step Guide for Teaching All Learners by Patti Kelly Ralabate LE 75: Universal Design for Learning with Dr. Martha Ryan-Toye Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins  
March 30, 2020
Bringin' Hip Hop Into Our Schools Virtual Summit About Christian Chan, Ph.D. Christian D. Chan (he, him, his), PhD, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Idaho State University and President-Elect of the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA). His interests revolve around intersectionality; multiculturalism in counseling, supervision, and counselor education; social justice and activism; career development; critical research methodologies; intergenerational conflict in families; and couple, family, and group modalities with socialization/communication of culture and social identities. His prior professional experiences include case management with foster care adolescents, career development, higher education administration, and individual, couples, parent-child, group, and family counseling services. As a recent recipient of the AADA President’s Outstanding Service Award and ALGBTIC Ned Farley Service Award, he actively contributes to peer-reviewed publications in journals, books, and edited volumes and has conducted over 115 refereed presentations at the national, regional, and state levels. Show Highlights Children and their mental health during COVID-19 Having conversations about what is happening with our children Understanding and naming our experiences Keeping traditions within the home School counselor supports for students #scchat Different formats of teleservices FERPA and privacy with teleservices Connect with Christian Twitter: @christianxderek Email: Additional Resources #scchat #counselored Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
March 23, 2020
Teaching Online: A Step-By-Step Course to Launch an Equitable Online Course About Tonya Ward Singer Tonya Ward Singer is a literacy and language consultant who helps K-12 educators transform teaching for equity and EL achievement. Teachers and administrators describe her work as groundbreaking, dynamic, practical, relevant, and impactful. Tonya is the author of bestsellers EL Excellence Every Day and Opening Doors to Equity. She co-authored Breaking Down the Wall and EL and literacy curricula for major publishers including Scholastic, Pearson/Longman, and Oxford University Press. Tonya has taught across multiple grade levels as a core teacher, reading specialist, and EL specialist, and excels as an international consultant helping educators collaborate courageously for equity in literacy and high-level core learning. Show Highlights What is EL Education? Connecting EL Education and Equity Strategies that educators can implement immediately Differentiation in EL Connect with Tonya Twitter: @TonyaWardSinger Website: Additional Resources Essentials for EL Excellence EL Excellence Every Day Opening Doors to Equity Breaking Down the Wall Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
March 19, 2020
Teaching Online: A Step-By-Step Course to Launch an Equitable Online Course About Evan Whitehead Evan Whitehead has been in the field of education for more than 20 years spanning three decades and is currently the director of special services for a PK–8 school district in Illinois. In his current role, Evan oversees all federal programs (special education, McKinney-Vento, English learners, and Title I); early childhood education; multi-tiered system of support (MTSS); social emotional learning, family and community engagement; health services; continuous improvement; and equity, diversity, and cultural competency. Show Highlights Free and Reduced Lunch programs while schools are closed Opportunities for mobile hotspots for limited income families Technology hardware options for families in need Transitioning to online learning An opportunity for change Connect with Evan Twitter: @EvanWhitehead00 Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins Teaching Online: A Step-By-Step Course to Launch an Equitable Online Course
March 16, 2020
Soundhari Balaguru, PhD - Director of Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health Soundhari Balaguru, PhD is a clinical psychologist who has worked with schools and districts/networks to build effective student support systems, which includes addressing the socio-emotional and mental health needs of their students, for 15 years.  Formerly at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, she worked on-site in turnaround, exam, and charter schools, to build their capacities to close the racial/economic opportunity gap. As founding Director of Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy (CMA), a diverse K-8 in Vallejo, CA, she is reimagining education with SEL and Restorative Practices.  She develops innovative and equitable circle curricula, systems, trainings, and leadership practices that facilitate growth of social-emotional competencies for students and staff. She is a proud member of a school team that is dedicated to validating and affirming student’s ethnic/cultural identities, providing a rigorous academic education, and promoting holistic social-emotional growth in their students. ‘Dr. Soundhari’ believes that a caring school community is one in which students, teachers, leaders, and families treat one another with empathy, accept that people will make mistakes, and support each other in becoming their best selves.       Asha Canady - School Leader, Caliber ChangeMakers Academy Asha is a Northern California native and was fortunate to return to the area after completing a Masters Degree at the University of Michigan in Education, Leadership and Policy. Asha has had a diverse career in education, including being a high school English teacher, a Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece and the Founding Middle-School English Teacher at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy. Asha is currently the Upper School Principal of CMA whose mission is to equitably provide rigorous learning opportunities for historically underserved students.   Show Highlights The relationship between Restorative Justice and Social-Emotional Learning Integrating RJ and SEL into school Examples of RJ and SEL working together Some challenges with RJ and SEL   Connect with Soundhari   Connect with Asha   Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
March 9, 2020
About Danielle Thompson-Ochoa, Ph.D. Prior to arriving at Gallaudet University, I was a former School Counselor for Pre-K to Grade 12 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. I pursued my Ph.D. while working as a school counselor.  I am a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  I also have K-12 School Counselor license in Virginia, Maryland, and Hawai’i.  I am a native of Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago) in the West Indies and relocated to United States of America at the age of 17 for college.  I am a proud mom of two CODA kids!   What I love about my department, (Department of Counseling): teaching/ watching her students succeed in becoming phenomenal Counselors. When I have a quiet moment, I enjoy scrapbooking, watching comedy movies, and baking gluten free cupcakes.  I also love playing board games with my kids and friends. My favorite board games are monopoly and scrabble. I love to travel, I have a bucket list I plan to complete before I reach 100 years old! Show Highlights The significance of developing SEL in Deaf Education How SEL competencies and skills are underdeveloped in DHH children The role of SEL in DHH students’ academic success Strategies for supporting DHH students with SEL Connect with Danielle   Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins   Watch the video:    
February 24, 2020
About Cheryl Wright, Ph.D. Dr. Cheryl Wright is a lecturer at the University of Kansas, a retired instructional coach, and K-12 educator of over 40 years. Her passions lie in multiculturalism and student-centered pedagogy. She holds a B.S. Degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Ball State University, an M.S. Degree in Special Education and a Ph.D. In Curriculum and Teaching from the University of Kansas. She has published articles through ASCD and supports the use of reflective practice to “grapple” with difficult issues and promote critical thinking. Current projects include collaboration with the Global Oneness Project and the “powerful role” of stories in education. Show Highlights Civil Rights Movement Marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Defining Resilience Enabling Students Motivating Students Fostering Essential Connections Modeling Positive Behavior Connect with Cheryl Additional Resources Turning Reluctance into Resilience Civil Rights on the North Shore Three Pillars for Supporting Resilience 15 Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
February 17, 2020
About Lewis A. Eakins, PhD, CPP Lewis A. Eakins, PhD, CPP has over 35 years of law enforcement, private investigations, security consulting, and emergency management experience. He is currently the Chief Security Officer & Director of Public Safety at Idaho State University.  Dr. Eakins was formerly the Chief of Police at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL; a Captain with the METRO Transit Police in Houston, TX; and the Assistant Chief of Police at Texas Southern University, also in Houston, TX. Dr. Eakins has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Athens State University, a M.S. in Security Management from Bellevue University, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination from Walden University. He is a sought after presenter nationally and internationally on the topics of emergency operations planning, active shooter prevention and response, and police bias. Show Highlights Lockdown Protocol Testing the Emergency Operations Plan Training Programs Active Shooter Events Arming Teachers REMS TA Center Lockdown Aftermath Strategies Connect with Lewis Twitter: @LewisEakins Additional Resources Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins School Leadership Series: Immersing Cultural Responsiveness
February 10, 2020
About Joel Bocanegra, Ph.D., NCSP Dr. Bocanegra graduated with his PhD in educational psychology with a concentration in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of School Psychology and Educational Leadership at Idaho State University. He teaches Clinical School Psychology, Multicultural Issues in School Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions courses, among others. He is a noted scholar on multicultural issues and diversity recruitment. He co-chaired a national recruitment committee and works extensively with minority youth and underserved youth populations.  His scholarly work includes: creating an impetus for diversity/minority recruitment, understanding the factors associated with minority students entering school psychology, analyzing the effectiveness of recruitment interventions, establishing best practices for recruitment, etc. Show Highlights Lack of Research in School Psychology Shortage of School Psychologists Representation of School Psychologists of Color Representing School Psychologists Helping Children Sooner Assessment and Bilingualism Connect with Joel Additional Resources Overcoming the Gap Between Diversity Recruitment Research and Practice Undergraduate Psychology Students’ Knowledge and Exposure to School Psychology: Suggestions for Diversifying the Field Investigation of Social Cognitive Career Theory for Minority Recruitment in School Psychology Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins School Leadership Series: Immersing Cultural Responsiveness
February 3, 2020
About Nicole DeWitt Nicole DeWitt has been in education since 2002 and has served as a classroom teacher, AVID instructor, English Learner Coordinator, and intervention developer prior to becoming a site administrator. Helping students achieve their goals while addressing academic and social-emotional needs has always been her number one priority, and she truly enjoys developing systems of support to ensure equity and access for all students. Her work establishing social-emotional supports at the high school level has been featured at the San Diego County Equity Symposium and California Student Mental Health and Wellness Conference.  Show Highlights Case Study 1: Arturo Case Study 2: Lisa Providing the right support for students social/emotional needs Schoolwide structures that we can implement for social/emotional support What should be the main focuses of ALL services Connect with Nicole DeWitt Twitter: @DeNdewitt Additional Resources Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of ALL Students Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
January 27, 2020
About Martreece Watson, Ph.D. Dr. Martreece Watson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Gallaudet University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University. 
 Her doctoral research focused on the language and literacy practices of culturally, linguistically diverse Black d/Deaf high school students on track to graduate with their high school diploma.  She teaches courses in English language studies and interdisciplinary courses including, "Black d/Deaf Studies: Comparing Multicultural Perspectives." In 2018, Dr. Watson implemented the Academic Learning Lab for Student Training, Achievement, and Readiness (ALLSTAR) to support the academic, social and mentoring needs of students of color. Show Highlights Martreece’s introduction into the deaf and hard of hearing community Audism Things we need to consider when supporting our deaf and hard of hearing youth Deaf Gain Developing an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere Accommodations for students playing sports Addressing some myths of deaf and hard of hearing students Supporting the academic literacy skills of deaf and hard of hearing students Connect with Martreece Twitter: @MartreeceW Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity
January 20, 2020
About Jennie Magiera, Ed.D. Jennie Magiera is the author of Courageous Edventures, and the founder and president of the non-profit Our Voice Alliance, whose mission is to elevate marginalized voices and perspectives to improve equity and empathy in education, and the founder of the non-profit Student Voice Foundation, whose mission is to create access for all students to amplify their voices and agency. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer for CCSD62, the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to improve education globally. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, having served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan, co-founding PLAYDATE and other conferences. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at Show Highlights The smell of Obama Our Voice Alliance/Academy The OVA Fellowship How to become a Fellow Connect with Jennie Our Voice Alliance Twitter: @MsMagiera Additional Resources Courageous Edventures Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity
January 13, 2020
About Victorene King, Ed.D. Victorene is a graduate of University of Nevada Reno with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She earned her first M.A. in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. She also earned a second M.A. for an Educational Specialist Superintendent certification through Western Illinois University, and then her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.  She brings a uniquely diverse perspective to education in that she has taught and led students and staff at the elementary, middle, high school, and central office levels in communities that represent every major part of the socio-economic spectrum.   At the same time, Victorene grew up experiencing regular cycles of poverty as a “pastor’s kid” in a conservative Christian household. She uses and reflects upon those life-shaping experiences as she examines Individual and Fatalistic Ideologies and their harmful impact on the perceptions about the causes of poverty and the structural ignorance that is persistent in White Dominant cultures to further marginalize and oppress. Many of these findings are presented in her dissertation. They will also be discussed in future articles she is writing as she continues her research and work with districts as well.  Show Highlights Defining poverty and its effects on school age children The impact of poverty and socialization Poverty and health/wellness Outside influences on poverty A study on teacher’s perceptions of students who live in poverty The research findings Further discussions on supporting students who live in poverty Connect with Victorene Email: Twitter: @vicking02 Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity
December 30, 2019
Show Highlights Rosa Pérez-Isiah Torie Weiston-Serdan Michael Domínguez Kari Kokka Erica Buchanan-Rivera Victor Small, Jr. Francesca López Register for free for the Leading Equity Virtual Summit 2020 Grab the All-Access Pass Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
December 23, 2019
About LaWanda Wesley, Ed.D. Dr. LaWanda Wesley serves as Oakland Unified School District's Director of Quality Enhancement and Professional Development of Early Education. She supports a cadre of 200 plus teachers and a dynamic early learning leadership team.  Additionally, Wesley is the Co-Director and Co-designer a national leadership fellowship piloted in Alameda County, California, titled Emerging Leaders for Racial Equity in Early Care and Education. Most recently, Dr. Wesley Co-Founded and is Co-Director for the Center for Equity in Early Childhood Education, a new national early childhood organization focused on disrupting inequity in early childhood spaces and places. Show Highlights The Center for Equity and Early Childhood Education The importance of having more conversations about early childhood and equity Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators Connect with LaWanda Email: Additional Resources Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins The Leading Equity Virtual Summit 2020 (January 2-7, 2020) FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity Register Today for the January Cohort of the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Program
December 16, 2019
  About Josué Falaise Dr. Josué Falaise began his 20 year career as an elementary school science teacher. Then he became a middle and high school biology and environmental science teacher. After four years of teaching and time as an adjunct professor, he spent the last 16 years as an administrator in the roles of principal and Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent in urban and suburban school districts. Dr. Falaise is the CEO of Gomo Educational Services, LLC and Director of the Rutgers Institute of Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education (RGSE). Show Highlights Josué Falaise Growing up with a name that is often mispronounced Haitian stereotypes and discrimination The impact of names on our students and how they experience school Connect with Josué Twitter: @josuefalaise IG: @josuefalaise Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins The Leading Equity Virtual Summit 2020 (January 2-7, 2020) FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity Register Today for the January Cohort of the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Program
December 9, 2019
The Leading Equity Virtual Summit 2020 (January 2-7, 2020) Show Highlights Raising a Black boy in today’s society The Power of Names Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins Register for the January cohort of the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Program Today!
December 2, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Chanel Johnson Chanel Johnson is a STEM Program Specialist with Fulton County Schools. Additionally, she serves as one of the leaders on the Fulton County Schools' Vanguard Team. She leads at least 18 schools in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. More importantly, she shows them how they can integrate technology with effective instructional strategies and often leads to professional development around understanding content, and pedagogy. Furthermore, Chanel works as a district coach to help teachers and schools to see how they can use technology in more transformative ways and how to "Teach to Reach".  She is an ASCD 2019 Emerging Leader, OVA (Our Voice Academy) Cohort 4, Ambassador for many programs such as Flipgrid, Nearpod, Discovery Education, MIE, just to name a few. Chanel is a Co-Author to the Book "The Gylfriend Code": The Sorority Edition where she talks about her experiences as a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Inc and how it led her to the "Discovery Code". She has conducted several professional developments in training coaches, educators, and instructional leaders. She has presented at ISTE, NSTA, Multiple Twitter Chats and at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference.    Show Highlights Who is Chanel Johnson Culturally Responsive Teaching in Science Learning from experiences as a student Using technology to find resources for the classroom Flipgrid in the classroom Connect with Chanel Twitter: @DC_STEMtastic IG: @DC_STEMtastic Additional Resources The Gyrlfriend Code: Volume 1 Toward a Theory of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Becoming A Culturally relevant Science educator CRT ( culturally responsive teaching strategies) Why Focus on Cultural Competence Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes and professional development visit:
November 25, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Penelope Wong, Ed.D. Dr. Penelope Wong is an Associate Professor in the Education Studies Department at Berea College in Kentucky.  A former high school English teacher, she feels incredibly fortunate to have taught in a variety of places, such as the Navajo Nation and in the United Arab Emirates.  She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Northern Arizona University and has a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  Her research interests include mindfulness practices in education, experiential learning, multicultural/ inclusive education, service-learning and English education.  Her hobbies include traveling, yoga, horseback riding and hiking. Show Highlights Advocacy in education Compassion Fatigue Teacher advocacy for self-care Labeling thoughts and labeling feelings Connect with Penelope Additional Resources Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) Association for Mindfulness in Education Mindful Schools Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes and professional development visit:
November 18, 2019
About Mechele Newell, Ed.D. Mechele Newell is an elementary school teacher in the Bay Area, California.  She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to serving in the US Air Force (USAF), both as an active duty member and a civilian employee, in the clinical lab setting.  Mechele's experiences as an educator to clinical lab science students in the USAF led her to pursue a MAEd in Adult Ed & Training.  Her work within the local community with youth through coaching sports, supporting youth in foster care, and leading small community youth groups, prompted her to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership/K-12 Administration through Drexel University.  Mechele is excited to serve in her community at a new charter school where the equitable education of ALL children is the main focus.   Show Highlights Being new to elementary teaching Mechele’s experience with the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Program Striving for equity as a third-grade teacher Celebrating small wins Connect with Mechele Twitter: @mechelenewell Additional Resources Success within an Unlikely Candidate: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Academically Successful Youth Who Have Aged out of Foster Care Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
November 11, 2019
About Liza Talusan, Ph.D. Liza has over 22 years of experience in K-20 education. She has served as a classroom teacher and senior administrator in preK-12 as well as in higher education, and is currently an associate instructor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her work on anti-racism, centering people of color, and dismantling systems of oppression have been read across the country and used in trainings and workshops throughout education, the non-profit, and for-profit sectors. Liza has served as a strategic partner to schools, organizations, and corporations across the country around issues of culturally relevant recruitment, retention and onboarding; training of senior leadership and cabinet level leaders; curriculum development related to equity and inclusion; and training-the-trainer programs. She is a highly sought after speaker because of her approach to experiential learning and action-based approaches to addressing racism. As an Asian American, Pilipinx leader, Liza has worked closely within the Asian American community to address issues of race, whiteness, and proximity to whiteness. Her work as a vocal leader in a racialized space focuses on pushing past myths about Asian Americans as well as disrupting problematic assumptions about Asian identity. Her research and scholarship on socialization and development serve as the foundation for conversations about race, learned biases, and ways to move forward in solidarity with other marginalized communities. Liza earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child Development from Connecticut College; her Master of Arts in Higher Education from New York University; a Human Resources Certificate from Stonehill College; her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston; is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Coaching; and an Associate Coach through the International Coaching Federation. Liza is a master practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index and has facilitated multiple workshops on how to engage in authentic and challenge-focused leadership. Show Highlights Bystander intervention Understanding how and when to intervene Teaching students strategies on how to intervene De-escalating situations Implicit Bias Intervening with colleagues Connect with Liza Website: Twitter: @ltalusan Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
November 4, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Nathalie Means Henderson, Ph.D. Dr. Nathalie Means Henderson has served as an area superintendent in Fulton County Schools since July 2016. In this role, she supervises 18 schools in the cities of Sandy Springs, East Point, College Park, and Hapeville.  Prior to joining Fulton County, Dr. Henderson served as an instructional leadership director for the Oklahoma City Public Schools where she supervised 11 elementary schools, and in the St. Louis Public Schools, where she served as a principal, assistant principal, and special education teacher. Dr. Henderson has leveraged her 15 years of experience in developing leaders and transforming schools to support other educators across the country. She has been a presenter at national conferences, coaches new and emerging leaders, and most recently served as a keynote speaker at Our Voices Academy. During her tenure as principal, Dr. Henderson was awarded the 2012 St. Louis Metropolitan Urban League Young Professional of the Year, the 2013 St. Louis Public Schools Principal Pettus Award of Excellence, and the 2013 St. Louis American Salute to Excellence in Education Award. Dr. Henderson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an Ed.S. from the University of Missouri- Columbia, an M.Ed  from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and a B.A. from Spelman College. Show Highlights Who is Dr. Henderson? Why recruiting more leaders of color is important? Finding the right candidate for leadership Tips for aspiring leaders A successful case study Connect with Nathalie Email: Twitter: @DrNHenderson Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
October 28, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Lara Schwartz, JD. Lara Schwartz specializes in civil discourse and campus speech, constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. Drawing on her experience as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-eye view to her teaching. Prior to joining the SPA faculty, Lara served as Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Previously she served as Courts Matter director at Media Matters, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, and Vice President of External Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities. Lara worked in litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom and Gilbert, Heintz, and Randolph. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Lara has appeared on national and local radio and television programs and written op-eds published in national papers and local papers of record. She is the co-author of "How to College: What to Know Before You Go (And When You're There)," a practical guide for students. Show Highlights Defining Civil Discourse What educators should know when engaging in Civil Discourse The three-part framework to Civil Discourse The teacher’s role in facilitating class discussions Tips for educators Limitations in what we should discuss in the classroom Dealing with parents after a difficult conversation in class Connect with Lara Email: Twitter: @Lara_Schwartz Additional Resources How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There) The Law Professor Who Answered Back Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes and professional development visit:
October 21, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Tasha Seneca Keyes, Ph.D. Tasha Seneca Keyes is an Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work at the University of Utah.  She grew up in Northern Virginia and is a Seneca Indian from the Seneca Nation of Indians of the Cattaraugus Reservation in Western New York.  She received her MSW from the University of Utah.  From 1994-2010 she practiced medical and school social work. In 2017 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago- School of Social Service Administration.  Her practice experience informs her research to include school social work, constructing classroom and school environments to promote a sense of belonging and engagement, and culturally relevant restorative justice and trauma-informed practices for underrepresented students, with a particular interest in Native American students. Show Highlights Increasing classroom belongingness and student engagement What students need to feel as if they belong Sense of belonging school vs. classroom What decreases a student’s sense of belonging Tips for educators Connect with Tasha Email: Additional Resources A Qualitative Inquiry: Factors That Promote Classroom Belonging and Engagement Among High School Students Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
October 14, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Daniella Ann Cook, Ph.D. Daniella Ann Cook is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Drawing on her experiences as a high school social studies teacher and community organizer, her research and scholarship address three intersecting themes: (1) Historical and contemporary narratives of black educators,(2) public policy with a focus on community engagement and (3) identifying factors that support student access to rigorous curricula across diverse schooling contexts. These three areas reflect her commitment to the democratic project of sustaining racially just and equitable schooling for communities traditionally underserved by public education. Most notably, she conducted an ethnographic study of black educators in New Orleans post-Katrina during the single largest displacement of African American educators since desegregation.  She has shared her scholarship broadly and currently serves as an Associate Editor for The Urban Review. Show Highlights A Southern connection Organizing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina The community’s concerns for rebuilding the schools in New Orleans Bringing together community voices Education in New Orleans today Connect with Daniella Email: Additional Resources In the Spirit of Ella: Race, Community & Education Reform in New Orleans Post Katrina Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
October 7, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Stephanie Gates Stephanie Gates is an educator, writer, and advocate for social justice and equity. She is especially compassionate about eradicating colorism. A native Chicagoan, she is the youngest of seven siblings. Stephanie loves get-togethers with family and friends. Though she has no children of her own, Stephanie has been a surrogate mother to many. She enjoys dance, theater, concerts, movies, cultural outings, and trotting around the globe. She also likes to try new things. Stephanie is determined not to let any grass grow under her feet. Show Highlights Who is Stephanie Gates Stephanie’s passion for learning more about how to connect with her students Personalized Learning Colorism Colorism is more than just skin tone “Pretty is me, handsome I am” Connect with Stephanie Email: Additional Resources This site has a ton of resources for colorism A story of a woman who comes face-to-face with colorism in her family. Hair discrimination law in California Controversial swim meet ruling based on a girl’s body type Decoded Episodes that deal with colorism: Light-skinned privilege Colorism in the Latino community Myths about Black hair What Dark-Skinned People Will Never Tell You Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
September 30, 2019
FREE Resource: 10 Steps to Get You on the Right Path Towards Leading Equity About Melody Zoch, Ph.D. Melody Zoch is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) in the Teacher Education and Higher Education Department in the School of Education. She earned her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin in Language and Literacy Studies. She is a former bilingual Spanish-English elementary school teacher and has worked with bilingual teachers as a literacy coach in Texas. She has served as lead-PI or co-PI on projects involving working with emergent bilinguals and their families funded by the Department of Education, the Junior League of Greensboro, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and the UNCG Office of Research and Engagement. Her research focuses on how teachers respond to their educational contexts in their literacy teaching, including teachers’ responsiveness to culturally and linguistically diverse students and communities. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Literacy Research, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Urban Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Language Arts. Show Highlights Being culturally responsive while preparing for high-stakes testing The importance of students knowing who they are and where they come from Culturally sustaining practices Practice 1: Social Justice Lens Practice 2: Incorporating text in the classroom that is relevant to students Practice 3: Facilitating pure and authentic dialog Tips for preparing students for high-stakes testing Connect with Melody Email: Additional Resources It’s Important for Them to Know Who They Are: Teachers’ Efforts to Sustain Students’ Cultural Competence in an Age of High-States Testing Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
September 23, 2019
Enroll Now for the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Program About Martín Casas, Ed.D. Equity driven Principal with a demonstrated history of working in a secondary setting. Skilled in Instructional leadership, Design Thinking, Deeper Learning, Assessment, Master Scheduling, Data Analysis, and Public Policy.  Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused on Educational Leadership, from the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Casas is also a School Retool Fellow, part of Our Voice Academy cohort 3, and North County Conference Principals’ Vice - President.  Show Highlights Casas’ call to education Moving into leadership A crisis at the school Taking ownership when mistakes are made The power of allies and mentorship during a crisis Helping students deal with a crisis Final tips on how to address a crisis Connect with Martín Twitter: @MartinCasas_ Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
September 16, 2019
In this episode, Ken Shelton and I discuss the school to prison pipeline and zero-tolerance policies.
September 9, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Edwin Mayorga discusses his research on the #BarrioEdProject.
September 2, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Melanie Gast discusses her research on After-School programs that serve immigrant youth.
August 26, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Emily Affolter discusses her research on educational equity professional development.
August 19, 2019
About Myron Dueck Over the past 22 years, Myron has gained teaching and administrative experience in both Canada and New Zealand in subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12.  Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to the feedback they receive and play a significant role in the reporting of that learning.  Myron has been a part of administrative teams, district groups, school committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative ideas.  Myron has shared his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with public, charter and international school educators around the world, and recently his presentations have diverged to include global education trends and broader socio-economic realities that impact learning. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder– Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014 and in 2015 ASCD released a video project based in his own school district entitled ‘Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom’. In 2019, ASCD released the first of a three-part online streaming series, hosted by Myron, looking at how we include students in assessment. The series includes John Hattie, Lorin Anderson, Celeste Kidd and more.  Myron lives in Summerland, BC, CANADA with his wife and two children and is Vice-Principal for Communicating Student Learning in his local school district – Okangan-Skaha 67. Show Highlights Problems with penalties The impact of penalties on student learning Alternatives to penalties Connect with Myron Email: Twitter: @myrondueck Website: Additional Resources Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
August 12, 2019
About Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Director of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education. Show Highlights Who is Sheldon Eakins? The origin of the Leading Equity Podcast Eakins’ inspirations The show’s greatest challenges and milestones What makes Leading Equity unique The future of Leading Equity Another side of Dr. Eakins Final word of advice Connect with Sheldon Twitter: @sheldoneakins Email: Website:       Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
August 5, 2019
About Kiese Vita, M.A. Kiese Vita is a high school English teacher serving in the community of South Los Angeles.  Within her decade of experience as a social justice educator, Kiese has served as a district Professional Development Leader, school-site Department Chair, and lecturer for California State University, Northridge’s Child and Adolescent Development course titled “Race, Gender, Privilege, Ethnicity, and Culture.” Combining her professional experiences with her foundation in Rhetoric and Composition Theory, Kiese’s pedagogical praxis centers on cultivating a humanizing framework that (re)store Black scholars' Educational Excellence, by dismantling and healing the deep harm and effect of stereotype threat, schooling trauma, and internalized miseducation that Black scholars have generationally embodied and (re)stored. Show Highlights AP Afro Warrior Scholar Class Critical Pedagogy Framework Using the Afro Warrior Framework Benefits to using the Afro Warrior Framework Connect with Kiese Email: IG: @afrowarriorscholar Additional Resources Afro Warrior Scholar Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
July 29, 2019
About Nury Castillo Crawford Nury Castillo Crawford, mother of three sons, life-long educator for over 20 years, owner of 1010 Publishing, and a published author. She was born in Peru, South America and emigrated to the United States when she was ten years old. She attended Florida A&M University, where she attained a B.S. and M.S. degrees. Her company 1010 Publishing specializes in publishing literary creations in a bilingual dissemination. She is currently a Director of Academic Support for Gwinnett County Public Schools, where she has broke ground by implementing a Hispanic Mentoring Program, the first of its kind in the school district. Show Highlights Who is Nury Crawford? Preparing to move to the United States Challenges with adjusting to a new country A rememberable math experience English language acquisition during recess When a teacher has high expectations for all of their students 3,585 Miles to be an American Girl Connect with Nury Twitter: @RINunuCC Email: Website: Additional Resources 3,585 Miles to be an American Girl Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
July 25, 2019
About Amy Samuels, Ed.D. Amy Samuels is an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo in Alabama where she teaches in the Instructional Leadership and Teacher Leadership programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies, with a minor in Black Studies, from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Later, she earned both her master’s and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida where she specialized in curriculum policy and development, Critical Race Theory, and practices for fostering equitable schools. Regarding research, Dr. Samuels’ professional publications in journals and book chapters align with the topics of educational justice, culturally responsive pedagogy, and race and racism. She has delivered multiple presentations at national and international conferences such as the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), American Educational Researchers’ Association (AERA), and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) on topics related to racially just schools, culturally responsive teaching, and strategies for creating inclusive classrooms. Her recent work includes Champions of Equity: Fostering Civic Education to Challenge Silence, Racial Inequity, and Injustice (Multicultural Perspectives, 2019), The Revolution Will be Live: Examining Educational (In)Justice through the Lens of Black Lives Matter (Journal of Educational Controversy, 2018), and Exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Teachers’ Perspectives of Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms (The SRATE Journal, 2018). She can be contacted at Show Highlights Cultural disconnects between teachers and students Creating better cultural connections between teachers and students of color Fostering an equitable and inclusive classroom Tool 1: Knowledge of self Tool 2: Know your students Tool 3: Integrate student’s cultures and communities into the instruction Tool 4: Promote disruptive discourse Connect with Amy Email: Additional Resources Exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Teachers' Perspectives on Fostering Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins For more episodes visit: For professional development visit:
July 22, 2019
In this episode, Ms. Marva Hinton and I discuss how educators can embrace Spanglish and slang in the classroom.
July 18, 2019
About Muhammad Khalifa, Ph.D. Dr. Muhammad Khalifa is the Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education at the University of Minnesota. Formerly a school leader, he is now a leading expert on culturally responsive school leadership and anti-oppressive education. Through the newly established Culturally Responsive School leadership Institute, he helps school leaders work with communities to promote schools that look deeper than "achievement gaps," and more at the humanization of students in school. He has worked with heads of governments and schools in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to reform education, but is most noted for his work in urban and suburban school districts across the U.S. He leads equity reform in schools by performing Equity Audits, and helps districts use equity audits to close gaps and promote the humanization of minoritized youth. Show Highlights Culturally Responsive School Leadership Why it’s so important to have culturally responsive school leaders Ways school leaders can support students of color Getting started with culturally responsive school leadership Three ways teachers can use meditation in their classroom Connect with Muhammad Email: Twitter: @SchoolEquityPro Additional Resources Culturally Responsive School Leadership Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins More episodes at:
July 15, 2019
About Stephanie Cariaga, Ph.D. Stephanie Cariaga has served the Los Angeles community for over 13 years as a high school English teacher, a founding member of the People’s Education Movement Los Angeles, and currently as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Stephanie completed her award-winning doctorate at UCLA, which is titled Pedagogies of Wholeness: Cultivating Critical Literacies with Students of Color in an Embodied English Classroom. Her work explores how students of color navigate and overcome violence and oppression, and how teachers develop literacy interventions that are trauma/healing-informed and culturally-responsive, while maintaining a sustainable teaching practice through self/collective care.  Show Highlights Pedagogy of Mind, Body, and Spirit Showing emotions as a person of color Helping students with self-recovery An example of helping a student with self-recovery Three ways teachers can use meditation in their classroom Connect with Stephanie Email: Additional Resources Research As Healing Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
July 11, 2019
About Brittany Aronson, Ph.D. Brittany Aronson is an Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Foundations in Educational Leadership at Miami University. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Tennessee and she also holds two certificates in Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Policy. Brittany’s research and teaching are grounded in issues of critical social justice for both future and practicing educators. Her research interests include critical teacher preparation, social justice education, critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, and educational policy. These interest stem from her former elementary school teaching experiences and current work with teacher education. Her research couples her cultural studies and social foundations in education background with current contemporary issues. She has been published in Review of Educational Research, Journal of Critical Policy Studies, Teachers College Record, and Multicultural Perspectives. Show Highlights Sarah White Critical Social Justice Group Classroom observations Some interesting findings from observing Sarah Some of Sarah’s challenges towards being Culturally Responsive Present-day Sarah Advice for teachers looking for additional teaching support Connect with Brittany Twitter: @loves218 Email: Additional Resources  From Teacher Education to Practicing Teacher: What Does Culturally Relevant Praxis Look Like? Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
July 8, 2019
About Noah Karvelis Noah Karvelis studied music education at the University of Illinois and is currently a music teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a musician, community organizer working with the Arizona #RedForEd movement, and will begin his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this Fall. Noah's research focuses upon the intersections of education, power, and democracy.  Show Highlights  Why Hip Hop in the classroom The power of music videos in the classroom Hip Hop Pedagogy to connect with students Getting started with Hip Hop Pedagogy Resources for Hip Hop Pedagogy Creating a sustainable Hip Hop class environment Connect with Noah Twitter: @Noah_Karvelis Email: Additional Resources Race, Class, Gender, and Rhymes: Hip Hop as Critical Pedagogy Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
July 4, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Ian Levy discusses how school mental health providers can use Hip Hop Spoken Word Therapy.
July 1, 2019
Enroll Now for the Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens Program Show Notes Available at:
June 27, 2019
Learn more about my Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Course About Ryan Heath, Ph.D. Ryan Heath is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. Previously, Ryan spent over a decade working in a variety of afterschool, summer and experiential education programs, and working as a clinical social worker. Currently, his research seeks to understand how extracurricular programs (including afterschool programs, summer programs and other organized activities) promote the social-emotional development of low-income youth, students of color, and other historically marginalized youth. To improve the reach, quality, and impact of these programs, his work aims to elucidate how extracurricular programs interface with other social-ecological contexts that affect youth - such as schools, peers, and families - and to identify the potential mechanisms through which extracurricular programs influence youth’s social-emotional development and educational attainment.  Show Highlights Disadvantaged youth in extracurricular programs The absence of disadvantaged youth in extracurricular programs The impacts of extracurricular programs for participants LGBTIQ youth participation in extracurricular programs Students of color participation in extracurricular programs Socio-economic status data in extracurricular programs Recruitment strategies for disadvantaged youth into extracurricular programs Connect with Ryan Additional Resources Extracurricular activities and disadvantaged youth: A complicated but promising story Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
June 24, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah discusses the impacts of colorblindness in education.
June 20, 2019
Learn more about my Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Course About Brenda Barrio, Ph.D. Dr. Brenda Barrio is an assistant professor of special education. Dr. Barrio observed and experienced the inequities within the educational system in the United States as an immigrant of Mexico and later as a bilingual special education teacher in Texas. With a charge of social justice in education, her career focus as an educator for the past 16 years has been to enhance the lives of students with disabilities and students of color through equity and access. Dr. Barrio’s research focuses on addressing disproportionality of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in special education through the use of culturally responsive practices. Show Highlights Why culturally responsive and relevant IEP’s are so important The Culturally Responsive and Relevant IEP Builder (CRRIB) Involving families in the IEP process How teachers can use culturally responsive and relevant approaches to help students meeting goals Getting started with CRRIB Addressing our biases Eduardo Connect with Brenda Email: Twitter: @DrBBarrio Additional Resources Designing Culturally Responsive and Relevant Individualized Educational Programs Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
June 17, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Michael Domínguez discusses how educators can decolonize their classrooms.
June 13, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Ambra Green discusses how to reduce discipline referrals of students in Special Education.
June 10, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Michael O’Malley discusses what’s missing in preparing school leaders to support a welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTIQ students.
June 6, 2019
Learn more about my Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Course About Mills Smith-Millman, MA Mills Smith-Millman, MA is currently completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the National Center for School Mental Health. In addition to her research career, Mills' currently works as a school mental health clinician in a Baltimore city high school. Both Mills' clinical work and research focus on increasing youth's access to mental healthcare by delivering prevention and intervention services in schools. Show Highlights School mental health providers’ competency in working with LGBTQ youth Having a friend in the LGBTQ community Recognizing implicit bias Challenges mental health providers encountered while working with LGBTQ youth School mental health providers who self-identified as LGBTQ Ways to strengthen the social and emotional supports for LGBTQ students Connect with Mills Researchgate: Mills Smith-Millman Email: Additional Resources Ready, willing, and able: Predictors of school mental health providers' competency in working with LGBTQ youth Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins The Leading Equity Center
June 3, 2019
Learn more about my Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Course About Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. Donna Y. Ford, PhD, is Professor of Education and Human Development and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University. She is the former 2013 Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor and former Betts Chair of Education and Human Development. Dr. Ford currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ford has been a Professor of Special Education at the Ohio State University, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. Show Highlights Black and Brown student representation in Gifted and Talented Programs Retention of students of color in GAT Programs The significance of culturally responsiveness in GAT Programs IQ Testing Invitational Learning The Five P’s Evaluating equity in GAT Programs Connect with Donna Email: Twitter: @donnayford Website: Additional Resources Culturally Responsive Gifted Classrooms for Culturally Different Students: A Focus on Invitational Learning Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education Gumbo for the Soul: Liberating Memoirs and Stories to Inspire Females of Color Creating Culturally Responsive Instruction: For Students’ and Teachers’ Sakes Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins
May 30, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Christine Sleeter discusses how to maximize Culturally Responsive teaching practices.
May 27, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Keith Catone discusses his research on Teacher Activism.
May 23, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Angela Dye and I discuss how Racism and power impacts our society.
May 20, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Raquel Rios discusses her new book Mindful Practice for Social Justice: A Guide for Educators and Professional Learning Communities.
May 19, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Rouhollah Aghasaleh discusses a recent story about a principal in Texas who enforces parent dress code policies at her school.
May 16, 2019
In this episode, Rae Hughart of Teacher Better Academy discusses equity and her work to help teachers get better at their craft.
May 13, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Martha Ryan-Toye discusses her research on Universal Design for Learning.
May 12, 2019
In this episode, Mr. David Adams discusses SEL in urban education.
May 9, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan discusses Critical Mentoring.
May 6, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Carla Shalaby discusses her book Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School.
May 2, 2019
In this episode, Ms. Courtney Jacobs discusses how we can promote joy and play in our classrooms.
April 29, 2019
In this episode, Dr. José Medina discusses Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.
April 25, 2019
In this episode, Mr. Chris Rogers discusses the Black Lives Matter at School movement.
April 22, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Antar Tichavakunda discusses his research on the access and usage of technology among African American Youth.
April 18, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Josue Falaise discusses Race, Privilege and Social Emotional Learning.
April 15, 2019
In this episode, I discuss Social and Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practices.
April 11, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Michael Gottfried discusses his research on combating chronic absenteeism.
April 8, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Rashawn Ray discusses how students of color can cope with trauma in predominately white spaces.
April 4, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Kari Kokka discusses her research on Social Justice Mathematics.
April 1, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Ken Zeichner discusses 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 Teacher Preparation Programs.
March 28, 2019
In this episode, Dr. LaTisha Smith discusses leading equity in professional development for a large urban school district.
March 25, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Yvette Latunde discusses her research on African American Parent Council groups.
March 23, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Will Deyamport discusses his new documentary and ways that we can aspire to become Edupreneurs.
March 21, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Lindsay Page, discusses a text messaging service to combat chronic absenteeism.
March 18, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Erin Cassar discusses her research on school food policies.
March 14, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Renee Racette discusses her journey from school principal to educational policy advocate.
March 11, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Sarah Thomas discusses the power of cultural storytelling.
March 7, 2019
In this episode, Ms. Larios and Dr. Zetlin discuss how schools can support Bilingual families during IEP meetings.
March 4, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Davidson and Ms. Case discus the Families and Educators Together Project.
March 1, 2019
This is a bonus episode this week, my conversation with Dr. Ivory Toldson, a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University. In this episode, Dr. Toldson discusses why we should stop listening to BS.
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