59 min

Equity in Schools TeacherTalk

    • Education

The subject of “equity in education” has been one of the hottest topics inside and outside the schoolhouse walls this year.  In our pursuit to create K-12 education systems that service all students, we must develop an educational experience based on access without denying identity. This means that no matter what our students' backgrounds, language, race, economic profile, gender, learning capability, disability or family history, we must create for each one of them the opportunity to get the support and resources they need to achieve their educational goals. How can our teachers, already stretched thin, accomplish this? We get into it with our guests:

Dr. Ayanna Cooper is The Director of Multilingual Learners at Achievement Network.  Achievement Network is a nonprofit organization here in Boston, providing education leadership coaching, assessment and data tools to K-12 schools. Ayanna is also the author of two books: And Justice for ELs and Black Immigrants in the United States Essays on the Politics of Race, Language, and Voice. She is a contributor to Language Magazine and teaches at Howard University. Ayanna is also a Massachusetts Education Policy Fellow at The Rennie Center.

Dr. Nicole Semas-Schneeweis is the Director of Equity for the Whitman Hanson Regional School District. A veteran special education teacher, Nikki is an experienced curriculum expert and also a Fellow at The Rennie Center in Boston. She is an expert on equity and inclusive practices in public education. Her doctoral dissertation at UMass Dartmouth used narrative analysis as a method of exploring the potential for a “new centering” of discussions regarding equity and access in schools.

The subject of “equity in education” has been one of the hottest topics inside and outside the schoolhouse walls this year.  In our pursuit to create K-12 education systems that service all students, we must develop an educational experience based on access without denying identity. This means that no matter what our students' backgrounds, language, race, economic profile, gender, learning capability, disability or family history, we must create for each one of them the opportunity to get the support and resources they need to achieve their educational goals. How can our teachers, already stretched thin, accomplish this? We get into it with our guests:

Dr. Ayanna Cooper is The Director of Multilingual Learners at Achievement Network.  Achievement Network is a nonprofit organization here in Boston, providing education leadership coaching, assessment and data tools to K-12 schools. Ayanna is also the author of two books: And Justice for ELs and Black Immigrants in the United States Essays on the Politics of Race, Language, and Voice. She is a contributor to Language Magazine and teaches at Howard University. Ayanna is also a Massachusetts Education Policy Fellow at The Rennie Center.

Dr. Nicole Semas-Schneeweis is the Director of Equity for the Whitman Hanson Regional School District. A veteran special education teacher, Nikki is an experienced curriculum expert and also a Fellow at The Rennie Center in Boston. She is an expert on equity and inclusive practices in public education. Her doctoral dissertation at UMass Dartmouth used narrative analysis as a method of exploring the potential for a “new centering” of discussions regarding equity and access in schools.

59 min

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