100 episodes

This podcast focuses on supporting educators with the tools and resources necessary to ensure equity at their school. On this podcast, listeners can expect to hear interviews and stories from voices of equity in education today.

Leading Equity Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. Leading Equity podcaster

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 199 Ratings

This podcast focuses on supporting educators with the tools and resources necessary to ensure equity at their school. On this podcast, listeners can expect to hear interviews and stories from voices of equity in education today.

    LE 284: The Role of Corporations in Solving Equity Gaps in Schools with Rose Kirk

    LE 284: The Role of Corporations in Solving Equity Gaps in Schools with Rose Kirk

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    Rose Kirk
    Rose Stuckey Kirk is senior vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer for Verizon.Rose is responsible for Verizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility investment strategy and programmatic buildout. As a senior leader in the marketing organization, she oversees the strategic direction for all of Verizon’s social impact marketing activity. Rose’s background as a senior leader in various P&L functions has primed her to advance the social innovation work of Verizon.
    Show Highlights
    Verizon Innovative Schools Eligibility and how to get more information to join the program Curriculum and lessons Connect with Rose
    Verizon Innovative Learning is the company’s award-winning education initiative focused on addressing barriers to digital inclusion.
    The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program, in partnership with nonprofit Digital Promise, equips students and teachers at select Title I schools across the country with free technology devices, internet access, innovative STEM learning programs and professional development. To learn more and to apply to Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program, visit https://verizon.digitalpromise.org/
    Leveraging its decade of experience working to help close the digital divide, Verizon is now scaling its education resources, including next-gen learning tools, digitally to reach all K-12 educators nationwide with Verizon Innovative Learning HQ: A free education portal, available at Verizon.com/Learning.
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about our Student Affinity Groups
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 29 min
    LE 283: How to Make STEM Accessible with Dr. Yujia Ding

    LE 283: How to Make STEM Accessible with Dr. Yujia Ding

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    Yujia Ding, Ed.D.
    Dr. Yujia Ding is a scientist by training and a passionate educator with the hope of making science accessible to all individuals, regardless of abilities. She hopes to use her combined personal and professional experiences to strive to break down barriers so all individuals have the opportunity to pursue what it is they have their heart set on. She was selected as one of the Los Angeles Unified School District Rookies of the Year in 2020 - 2021 and is a Distinguished Teacher in Dallas Independent School District.
    Show Highlights
    The unemployment rates of STEM individuals with disabilities Transition services and IEPs STEM education for students with disabilities Able bodied idea Connect with Yujia
    Linkedin
    Email
    My Journey Navigating STEM as a Person Who Identifies with a Disability
    Making STEM Accessible: Breaking Down Barriers for Differently Abled Scientists: An Educational Workshop on Understanding Disability and Opening Doors for All Abilities in STEM
    How I Encourage Inclusive Teaching in My STEM Classrooms Through Leading by Example
    My Personal Recommendations for Ways to Create an Inclusive Environment for Students With Disabilities by Yujia Ding
    New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

    • 40 min
    LE 282: Abolitionist Teacher Education for Teacher Candidates with Drs. Kathleen Riley and Katie Solic

    LE 282: Abolitionist Teacher Education for Teacher Candidates with Drs. Kathleen Riley and Katie Solic

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    Kathleen Riley, Ph.D.
    ​Kathleen Riley earned her bachelors in English at Colby College, her master's in teaching at American University, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's Reading, Writing, and Literacy program. Her teaching and scholarship interests include adolescent literacy, critical literacy education, teacher inquiry and activism, gender and sexuality in education, and teaching for social justice. Before joining the faculty at West Chester, Dr. Riley taught in the public schools in Washington DC, Fairfax County, VA, Newton, MA, and Boston, MA, in the Upward Bound program for high school students in Philadelphia, and in various master's and doctoral programs at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Katie Solic, Ph.D.
    Courses Typically Taught: Foundations in Reading, Reading Instruction and Practicum, Assessment and Instructional Interventions in Reading and Language Arts, Reading in the Content Areas, Literacy Practicum and Seminar II Katie Solic earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, her M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of Florida, and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Solic brings experience as a language arts teacher and literacy specialist at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both public and independent school settings. She began her college teaching experience as an adjunct instructor at West Chester University. Prior to joining the faculty at West Chester University full-time, Dr. Solic served as a Michael Pressley Memorial Research Fellow at Benchmark School in Media, PA. Her research focuses on meeting the needs of striving readers and the teachers dedicated to supporting them.
    Show Highlights
    Abolitionist teacher education Introducing abolitionist education to teacher candidates Feedback and observations from participants Opportunities for more participants Community engaged teacher education Best practices Connect with Kathleen and Katie
    Kathleen’s Faculty Page
    Katie’s Faculty Page
    Abolitionist Teacher Education in the Contact Zone: Tensions of Facilitating Teacher Candidate Learning in Activist Educator Spaces
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about our Student Affinity Groups
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 38 min
    LE 281: Creating Affinity Spaces in Predominately White Schools with Dr. Ryan Oto

    LE 281: Creating Affinity Spaces in Predominately White Schools with Dr. Ryan Oto

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    Ryan Oto, Ph.D.
    Ryan Oto has taught social studies in Minnesota for 10 years. He earned his B.A. from Carleton College (2009) and received both his M.A. (2016) and Ph.D. (2021) in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota, exploring the ways that teachers worked against anti-Black racism through their relationships with Black and Brown youth. Ryan exists in the space between the academy and K-12 schools, guided by the philosophy that research should improve communities. He has published in scholarly journals such as Race Ethnicity and Education and The Journal of Social Studies Research, and works as an instructional leader for a local public school district, developing anti-racist approaches to teaching.
    Show Highlights
    The idea of starting an affinity space Participation in affinity spaces Creating White Affinity spaces Dealing with pushback Connect with Ryan
    We didn’t have to go through those barriers”: Culturally affirming learning in a high school affinity group
    Marking the “Invisible”: Articulating Whiteness in Social Studies Education
    Becoming Critical: Exploring the confluence of justice, belonging, and love with 6th grade youth
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Amplifying Student Voices Program
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about our Student Affinity Groups
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 40 min
    LE 280: How to Liberate Your Consciousness with Dr. Michelle Pledger

    LE 280: How to Liberate Your Consciousness with Dr. Michelle Pledger

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    Michelle Pledger, Ed.D.
    Dr. Michelle Sadrena Pledger is the Director of Liberation at the Center for Research on Equity and Innovation, a center that brings together practitioners, researchers and youth to address complex problems of practice in K-12 education and create more equitable, engaging learning environments for all students. She co-directed the Share Your Learning Campaign which spread student-centered practices (exhibitions, student led conferences, and presentations of learning) to 5 million students. Michelle is also a co-designer of annual Deeper Learning conferences across the country, and recently supported the design and facilitation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Networked School Improvement Community of Practice Fall Convening. As a faculty member at High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education, she co-teaches Justice: Self, Schools, and Society in the San Diego Teacher Residency Program, Leadership for School Change in the Master’s Program, and she coaches teachers on liberatory project-based learning. As a Freedom Facilitator, Michelle provides professional development for organizations and districts who seek to liberate self, others, and systems.
    Michelle has been recognized as a Yale University Bouchet Graduate Honor Society member, a David L. Clark Scholar, a Billions Institute Fellow, a Chrispeels Doctoral Fellow, a Shoephlin Fellow, a recipient of the National Society of High School Scholars Higher Education Award, as well as the Inter-American Development Award. She was recently awarded the 2022 Outstanding Alumnus Award by the CSUSM College of Health and Human Services. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in social justice education through a joint doctoral program at the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos. Her research focused on cultivating culturally responsive teaching and classroom management self-efficacy in novice and veteran teachers for the purpose of improving academic opportunities and outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students. She holds a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs and a Bachelor's degree in International Studies with a minor in Clinical Psychology. 
    Michelle is committed to disrupting inequity in education and cultivating a community of practitioners who honor the lived experiences of all their students and educators. Her book, LIBERATE! Pocket-Sized Paradigms for Liberatory Learning is a must read for any educator who aspires to design educational experiences that are responsive to culturally and linguistically diverse young people. Whether it is through the vehicle of project-based learning, culturally responsive-sustaining pedagogy, or freedom facilitation, her hope is to develop educators and young people who think critically, act empathetically, and live a life of liberation.
    Show Highlights
    Liberation Contribution and semantics Liberating our consciousness Liberation work is lifetime work Connect with Michelle
    Michelle’s Website
    LIBERATE! Pocket-Sized Paradigms for Liberatory Learning
    Email
    Twitter
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Amplifying Student Voices Program
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about our Student Affinity Groups
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 39 min
    LE 279: The Subtle Gestures that Create Feelings of Belonging in Immigrant Students with Drs. Kristina Brezicha and Chandler Miranda

    LE 279: The Subtle Gestures that Create Feelings of Belonging in Immigrant Students with Drs. Kristina Brezicha and Chandler Miranda

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    Kristina Brezicha, Ph.D.
    ​Kristina Brezicha is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Georgia State University. She holds a dual-title Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy and Comparative International Education.
    Brezicha’s research interests focus on how education supports individuals’ abilities to equitably participate in the democratic processes at both the local and national levels. Her research considers domestic and international contexts. Specifically, she has studied how immigrant students’ experiences of in/exclusion in their schools has shaped their knowledge, attitudes, habits and dispositions towards the political process in the U.S. and Canada. She has also examined how teachers, educational leaders and school boards have facilitated educational opportunities for diverse student populations. She has presented her work at conferences such as American Educational Research Association annual meeting, University Council for Educational Administration Convention and Comparative and International Education Society Conference.
    Before pursuing her doctorate, Brezicha taught kindergarten through fifth-grade special education students in New York City. She holds a Masters of Arts in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters of Science in Urban Education from Mercy College.​
    Chandler Miranda, Ph.D.
    Professor Chandler Miranda is an urban ethnographer and education scholar who studies the educational experiences of recently arrived immigrant youth in urban public schools. Her research offers a hopeful look at uncommon schools while critiquing U.S. education policies rooted in ideologies of monolingualism, white supremacy, and xenophobia. 
    Miranda’s work investigating teacher rhetoric following the 2016 presidential election is published in Anthropology & Education Quarterly (2017) and two co-authored articles that examine the experiences of immigrant students and their families in adverse political climates appear in Harvard Educational Review (2019 and 2021). In 2020, Leadership and Policy in Schools published “Segregation or Sanctuary,” in which Professor Miranda and her colleague argue for the possibilities of counterpublics for immigrant students. In 2022, Equity & Excellence in Education published a cross-case analysis comparing immigrant youth experiences of belonging in urban and rural schools. She has presented this research at the American Educational Research Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the American Anthropological Association. Her collaborative work has allowed her to publish critical case studies to look across time, place, and population to advance the field of immigrant education.
    Miranda’s teaching experience spans high school to graduate courses.  She taught 9th-12th grade science for seven years in three different schools for English learners in the U.S and Colombia before pursuing a Ph.D.  She taught pre-service teachers at Queens College before accepting her current position at Barnard. 
    Show Highlights
    Immigrant-origin youth New Americans A sense of belonging Othering vs. Belonging Sense of belonging missteps Strategies for creating a sense of belonging for immigrant students Connect with Kristina and Chandler
    Kristina’s Faculty Page
    Chandler’s Faculty Page
    Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Examining School Practices That Support Immigrant Students’ Feelings of Belonging
    Additional Resources
    Amplifying Student Voices January 19-21
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about our Student Affinity Groups
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Kellroz ,

Dr. Eakins has a gift for this work

This is my favorite podcast for teachers! Highly recommend for anyone looking to improve their practice. Dr. Eakins also has some excellent resources on his website. Super inspiring topics and guests who help educators see their blind spots. 💜

IkigaiT ,

Just Joined

This podcast shares fabulous tips and tools for educators. It has valuable information to apply to our instruction. Great work!

V_thoms ,

A MUST for Educators!

I can’t recommend this podcast series enough for both current and prospective educators. I’ve learned, changed, and implemented so many new ideas and perspectives in my work in order to be better for myself, students, and colleagues. Sheldon, the host, feels like a long-term peer trying to provide the best, unbiased advice possible. This series is apart of my Monday commute and I look forward to it every week! Thank you, Sheldon!

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