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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
    • 4.8 • 158 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 190: Empowering Families to Lead an Antiracist Education

    LE 190: Empowering Families to Lead an Antiracist Education

    About Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.
    Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder 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, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.
    Show Highlights
    Defining Decoloniality The Legacy of Colonial Education Parent Involvement vs Parent Engagement Decolonizing your classroom Connect with Sheldon
    Twitter: @sheldoneakins
    Instagram: @sheldoneakins
    The Parent Engagement Training Series
    Additional Resources
    The Legacy of Colonial Education
    Episode 16: American Indian Boarding Schools and It’s Impact on Indigenous Education with Dr. Jon Rehyner
    Decolonizing My Classroom
    How to Decolonize Your Classroom: Five Essentials Every Teacher Must Know with Dr. Michael Dominguez

    • 21 min
    LE 189: How to Lead a Social Justice Affinity Group with Darlene Reyes

    LE 189: How to Lead a Social Justice Affinity Group with Darlene Reyes

    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    About Darlene Reyes
    Darlene Reyes is a first-generation Salvadoran-American and alumna from Northwestern University. After graduation, Darlene became an AmeriCorps member for City Year, Washington, D.C. (CYDC), which motivated her to pursue a career in education. She is a 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship Aluma who was selected to conduct research on the Imposter Syndrome in Brazil within Higher Education. Her first language is Spanish and she has a high proficiency in Portuguese. Darlene is an advocate for educational equity passionate about holistic solutions for students of all backgrounds especially students with layered identities such as students of color, first-generation, and low socioeconomic backgrounds.
    Show Highlights
    Why student empowerment is important Learning opportunities for student work An overview of student sessions Discussing real-life scenarios What students are included in the affinity groups? Connect with Darlene
    darlene@leadingequitycenter.com
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Let's connect on Instagram!

    • 32 min
    LE 188: Did We Forget Why We Were Here? Recognizing the Importance of Student Empowerment

    LE 188: Did We Forget Why We Were Here? Recognizing the Importance of Student Empowerment

    About Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.
    Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder 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, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.
    Show Highlights
    The importance of student empowerment Supporting students after George Floyd’s murder Social Justice Affinity Groups Beyond “safe spaces” The Advocacy Room: An affinity space for student voices Connect with Sheldon
    Twitter: @sheldoneakins
    Instagram: @sheldoneakins
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 16 min
    LE 187: The Importance of Racial Identity Development with Afrika Afeni Mills

    LE 187: The Importance of Racial Identity Development with Afrika Afeni Mills

    About Afrika Afeni Mills
    Afrika Afeni Mills is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with BetterLesson and an Education Consultant. She works with colleagues, teachers, coaches, and administrators to transform practices. Afrika has been featured on podcasts, blogs, delivered keynote addresses and facilitated sessions at conferences across the United States. She will also be publishing a book with Corwin Press in 2022. Afrika believes that all educators can be motivated, engaged, dynamic practitioners and leaders when provided with the support needed to create student-centered, culturally responsive learning environments that inspire wonder and creativity and nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    Show Highlights
    Racial Identity Development Being proud of our racial identity Tracing our ancestry Navigating conversations about race Additional thoughts on equity and accessibility Connect with Afrika
    Twitter: @AfeniMills
    Facebook: Afrika Afeni Mills Equity Guardian
    LinkedIn: Afrika Afeni Mills
    Let's connect on Instagram!
    Invite Dr. Eakins to speak.

    • 45 min
    LE 186: Things for Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officers to Consider with Rajneet Goomer

    LE 186: Things for Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officers to Consider with Rajneet Goomer

    About Rajneet Goomer
    Rajneet Goomer is an award-winning Director of Student Services and DEI Expert in a public school district in New Jersey. Her 16-year career in education has been rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion for students, families and staff. Rajneet is the co-chair of the District Equity Council in her current district. She is the voice and advocate for DEI in schools surrounding race, programmatic equity, and inclusion for all students including students with identified needs. Recently, she designed and currently facilitates a POC Employee Resource Group which has become an invaluable safe space for employees of color. Rajneet’s passion extends to designing and leading ongoing professional development and workshops in a variety of areas including DE&I. In 2019, Rajneet was honored with the Mimi Ballard CANDO Award from ResearchILD for innovative, strategic planning and implementation. Rajneet is an empathetic and mission-driven leader dedicated to meaningful change. She is passionate about sharing her expertise and learning others to help them thrive both personally and professionally.
    Show Highlights
    The first few months in a DEI position What happens after a PD session Should we recognize cultural holidays? Emphasizing cultural holidays as a cultural outsider Making clear expectations for training Resources for equity work Dealing with pushback and unrealistic expectations Connect with Rajneet
    Twitter: @rpkgoomer
    LinkedIn: Rajneet Goomer
    Invite Dr. Eakins to speak.

    • 31 min
    LE 185: How to Design Justice-Based Curriculum with Dr. Lindsay Lyons

    LE 185: How to Design Justice-Based Curriculum with Dr. Lindsay Lyons

    About Lindsay Lyons, Ph.D.
    Lindsay Lyons is an educational consultant who works with teachers and school leaders to inspire educational innovation for racial and gender justice, design curricula grounded in student voice, and build capacity for shared leadership. Lindsay taught in NYC public schools, holds a PhD in Leadership and Change, and is the founder of the educational blog and podcast, Time for Teachership. 
    Show Highlights
    Shifting mindsets that Social Justice is essential in everything we do Defining Justice Embedding Social Justice in lessons Going beyond oppression Connect with Lindsay
    bit.ly/backwardsplantemplate
    bit.ly/curriculumbootcamp
    www.lindsaybethlyons.com
    Let's connect on Instagram!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

gangasprima ,

Episode # 136 with Dr. Terri Watson is phenomenal.

In general, I appreciate Dr. Sheldon Eakins’ whole child and whole community approach to equity in schools. Something for everyone, no matter where you are in your inner radicalization of self, working to dismantle the old systems of education that are standing in the way of equity.

Clement Townsend ,

Very though provoking

This podcast always has great discussions. It provides educators with valuable knowledge. Dr. Eakins asks great questions and really prompts his guests to provide solutions to foster equity in schools.

Nickazord ,

Getting My Education

Every episode challenges, engages, and changes my way of thinking. Thank you, Doc! This podcast is a must for all educators- especially white folks like me who need our perspective shifted, our vocabulary modified, and our awareness heightened. I can’t recommend this enough.

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