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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

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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.

    LE 140: The Dalits: The Story Behind The Lokuttara Leadership Academy with Arun Boudh and Dayamudra Dennehy

    LE 140: The Dalits: The Story Behind The Lokuttara Leadership Academy with Arun Boudh and Dayamudra Dennehy

    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
    arunboudh@gmail.com
    Connect with Daya
    Twitter: @sfdaya
    IG: @dayamudra_esl
    Website: Blossom Projects
    Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins

    • 35 min
    LE 139: A Conversation About Disproportionality with Dr. Renae Azziz

    LE 139: A Conversation About Disproportionality with Dr. Renae Azziz

    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: www.virtuosoed.com
    Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins

    • 27 min
    LE 138: How to Develop Relationships During COVID-19 with Kiera Vargas

    LE 138: How to Develop Relationships During COVID-19 with Kiera Vargas

     
    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: www.epifhanyshappen.com
    Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins

    • 24 min
    LE 137: Marginalized to Whom? A Conversation with Shamari Reid

    LE 137: Marginalized to Whom? A Conversation with Shamari Reid

    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: www.shamarireid.com
    Twitter: @shamarikreid
    Connect with me on Twitter@sheldoneakins
     

    • 36 min
    LE 136: Being Kind is not the Same as Being Anti-Racist with Dr. Terri Watson

    LE 136: Being Kind is not the Same as Being Anti-Racist with Dr. Terri Watson

    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

    • 40 min
    LE 135: How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race in the Classroom with Dr. Amy Samuels

    LE 135: How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race in the Classroom with Dr. Amy Samuels

    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: asamuels@montevallo.edu
    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

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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85 Ratings

Mr_Bill333 ,

A Good Reminder

This show has been a great reminder for me about the humanity of teaching. What teachers and schools do (the policies in place) make a difference (impact) the lives of the students and their families. This show helps by providing ideas for making the impact positive.

@vicking02 ,

Relevant and Reflective

Dr. Eakins has leveraged this platform to promote deep reflection on relevant issues that are impacting so many people. He is bringing equity to the forefront of our collective consciousness through his conversations with various leaders and social justice warriors. These podcasts are a vivid reminder that Equity leaders are not alone; they are united, social justice is not just a mindset; it requires fierce action to dismantle injustice, and inequity is systemic and systematic; we must collectively threaten its existence.
I highly recommend other Equity leaders to download/listen to this podcast and share with others!

@JakeMillerTech ,

A Voice that Edu Needs!

Dr. Eakins does an awesome job highlighting issues that we need to focus on AND offering insights into what to do about them! I believe that supporting the variety of equity movements is an area that I need to work on and this podcast is doing a great job helping me do that!

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