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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 • 176 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 201: Antiracist School Discipline with Michael Essien

    LE 201: Antiracist School Discipline with Michael Essien

    About Michael Essien, M.Ed.
    Michael Essien is an educational leader committed to equity. He is the founder of the Essien Education Group and is a certified Education Specialist in the State of California with 3 decades of experience. Michael became known for creating "Push-In Services", a successful strategy known to reduce suspension rates for Black and Brown students in multiple school districts. Currently, Michael provides workshops on Anti-Racist Discipline, Push-In Services, Project Based Leanring, and the Community School Strategy.
    Show Highlights
    Antiracist discipline Ways we perpetuate stereotypes Sage on the stage teaching Helping teachers understand cultural norms Additional strategies for antiracist discipline                                         Connect with Michael
    Website: essieneducationgroup.com
    Blog: insidethemindofaprincipal.com
    Twitter: @MichaelCEssien
    Facebook: Essien Education Group
    Additional Resources
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 36 min
    LE 200: State Standards or Equity, Why Not Both with Dr. Leena Bakshi

    LE 200: State Standards or Equity, Why Not Both with Dr. Leena Bakshi

    About Leena Bakshi, Ed.D.
    Dr. Leena Bakshi is the founder of STEM4Real, a nonprofit professional learning organization committed to combining STEM and NGSS standards-based content learning and leadership with principles of equity and social justice. She also serves as the Board Secretary for the California Association of Science Educators. Leena currently works with pre-service teachers at UC Berkeley and Claremont Graduate University teaching STEM methods and Universal Design for Learning. She is a former county and state level administrator and mathematics, science and health teacher. Her research interests include Science/STEM education and how we can create access and opportunities for each and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status.
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    Real Life Science Going beyond the textbook Equity in state standards Standards, Hook, and Society (SHS Method) Antiracist Science teachers Culturally Responsive Classrooms                                      Connect with Leena
    Website: www.stem4real.org
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/leenabakshi
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/stem4real
    Twitter: 
    https://twitter.com/stem4real
    https://twitter.com/leenabmc
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/stem4real
    https://www.facebook.com/STEM4Real
    Instagram: 
    https://www.instagram.com/stem4real/ 
    Clubhouse:
    @LeenaBMc
    Additional Resources
    CASE/CSTA Equitable Science Education: Anti-Racism in Science Education: https://www.nsta.org/blog/building-anti-racist-science-classroom Equitable Access to Science Education: https://cascience.org/application/files/8515/6261/0691/Equitable_Access_to_Science_Education.pdf STEM4Real Website with our free lesson plan on Climate Change: stem4real.org Children's Book: There's Something in the Water:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/theres-something-in-the-water-leena-bakshi/1131140550 Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 37 min
    LE 199: Critical Race Theory Is Not My Language: Teach This Story Truthfully with Principal Kafele

    LE 199: Critical Race Theory Is Not My Language: Teach This Story Truthfully with Principal Kafele

    About Principal Baruti Kafele
    A highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, he was a New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist, and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.
    As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the turnaround of four different New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, which included U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America's best high schools.
    One of the most sought-after school leadership experts and education speakers in America, Principal Kafele is impacting America’s schools! He has delivered over two thousand conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 34 years of public speaking. An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he coined, the "Attitude Gap.”
    A prolific writer, Principal Kafele has written extensively on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk students, motivating Black males to excel in the classroom, and school leadership practices for inspiring schoolwide excellence. In addition to writing several professional articles for popular education journals, he has authored eleven books, including his six ASCD best sellers - Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life, Closing the Attitude Gap, The Teacher 50, Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?, The Principal 50 and The Assistant Principal 50. He is also the author of the ASCD book, The Aspiring Principal 50. His latest book is The Equity and Social Justice Education 50.
    Principal Kafele is married to his wife Kimberley, and is the father of their three children, Baruti, Jabari and Kibriya. He earned his B.S. degree in Management Science/Marketing from Kean University and his M.A. degree in Educational Administration from New Jersey City University. He is the recipient of over 150 educational, professional and community awards which include the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, induction into the East Orange, New Jersey Hall of Fame, recognition as one of the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2020 & 2021 by Global Gurus Top 30 and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaiming February 8, 1998 as Baruti Kafele Day.
    Show Highlights
    Social Justice Education Critical Race Theory Black Wallstreet Booker T. Washington and the Negro Business League Juneteenth The Equity and Social Justice Education 50                                        Connect with Principal Kafele
    Website: principalkafele.com
    Twitter: @PrincipalKafele
    Facebook: PrincipalKafele
    YouTube: Virtual AP Leadership Academy
    YouTube: Principal Kafele Speaks to Educators
    The Equity and Social Justice Education 50
    Additional Resources
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 35 min
    LE 198: I Don't Care If You're Purple, Green, or Blue, Culturally Affirming SEL is for Everyone with Dr. Byron McClure

    LE 198: I Don't Care If You're Purple, Green, or Blue, Culturally Affirming SEL is for Everyone with Dr. Byron McClure

    About Byron McClure, D.Ed.
    Dr. Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist currently redesigning a high school in Southeast, D.C. His work centers around influencing systemic change and ensuring students from high-poverty communities has access to a quality education. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social emotional learning, and behavior.
    Dr. McClure has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly, for African-American boys. He has designed and implemented school-wide initiatives such as SEL, restorative practices, MTSS, and trauma responsive practices. As a result of this work, led by Dr. McClure, his school recently won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award.
    Dr. McClure has presented across the country as a panelist, featured, and keynote speaker. He believes in maximizing everyone’s limitless potential.
    Show Highlights
    Culturally Affirming Social-Emotional Learning SEL in all spaces Learning Loss Critical Race Theory                                    Connect with Byron
    Website: www.lessonsforsel.com
    Twitter: @SchoolPsychLife
    Facebook: @lessonsforsel
    Instagram: @lessonsforsel
    Additional Resources
    Instagram: @sheldoneakins
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 40 min
    LE 197: Juneteenth, Learning Gaps, and Other Thoughts with Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins

    LE 197: Juneteenth, Learning Gaps, and Other Thoughts with Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins

    About Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.
    Dr. Eakins has a passion for supporting educators with the tools and resources necessary to ensure equity at their schools. Book him for your next keynote or professional development.
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    Thoughts on Juneteenth as a national holiday Professional Development for Individuals with Disabilities How young is too young to talk about race and privilege? What to do a teacher uses the N-word in class Learning loss                                                         Connect with Sheldon
    Instagram: @sheldoneakins
    Additional Resources
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    Leading Equity Center Question Form
    They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race
    Diverse Book Finder
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 27 min
    LE 196: The Connection Between Ableism and Institutional Racism with Dr. Joshua Bornstein

    LE 196: The Connection Between Ableism and Institutional Racism with Dr. Joshua Bornstein

    Enroll in the Annihilating Racial Injustice in Schools Course Today!
    About Joshua Bornstein, Ph.D.
    Josh Bornstein is presently Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Leadership at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Bornstein has served as teacher, union leader, principal, staff developer, and school board member.  He has worked in urban, rural, and suburban communities in Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. His research centers on inclusive educational leadership that eliminates race, class, gender, disability, and first language as predictors of student success. Since May 2020, Josh has hosted a weekly mutual support network of social justice leaders to meet the twin cataclysms of racial injustice and pandemic More info, including registration, resources, and archived video of past sessions available at www.solidarity4edleaders.com  Dr. Bornstein can be reached directly at bornsteinj@fdu.edu.
     
    Show Highlights
    Ableism and Institutional Racism Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Responsibilities for educators Disproportionality Does Implicit Bias play a factor?                                            Connect with Josh
    www.solidarity4edleaders.com
    Email: bornsteinj@fdu.edu
    Let's connect on Instagram!
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room

    • 37 min

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176 Ratings

176 Ratings

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Thankyou so much for guiding me in my anti racism journey. I am an art teacher in a predominantly white rural school district. I feel it is imperative that my students learn to be anti-rascist citizens of the world. I have stopped while listening to make many notes because your information is so valuable.

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Most Thought Provoking

The Leading Equity Podcast has been one of many anti-racist podcasts I have been listening to in 2020-2021. I am an early primary school teacher in a city where we have a lot of racial and cultural diversity in the classrooms. Of all the podcasts I have subscribed to and am listening to right now, Leading Equity with Dr. Eakins is easily the most thought provoking for me personally. He chooses FANTASTIC and intentionally meaningful guests to bring onto his show that add so many layers. It would be very difficult for me to choose a favorite episode at this point, but the episodes that have stuck with me the most would have to be the episode about Girl Rising, and the episode with Dr. Randall Sampson. PLEASE give this podcast a listen!!

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