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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 • 195 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 263: Little Known Facts About Rebel Black Societies with Dr. Crystal Menzies

    LE 263: Little Known Facts About Rebel Black Societies with Dr. Crystal Menzies

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    Dr. Crystal Menzies
    A former educator in urban schools, Crystal drew on her personal experience, African-Diasporan history, and her Guyanese and African American roots to found EmancipatED where she develops research-based educational experiences that center Black communities.

    In her flagship product, she draws on the stories of Maroon communities – Africans who freed themselves from slavery and created hidden societies – to offer Black and Brown families a model for how to navigate as liberated beings within oppressive systems. She lives in the Bay Area (or the Yay area as she affectionately refers to it) and enjoys reading, Marvel movies, and daydreaming of Black Futures.
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    The Maroon communities Maroon leadership structure and societies Language and communication Bringing the Maroon history into our classrooms Connect with Crystal
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    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 36 min
    LE 262: Building Community for Queer People in STEM with Dr. Kelly Cross

    LE 262: Building Community for Queer People in STEM with Dr. Kelly Cross

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    Kelly J. Cross, Ph.D.
    Dr. Kelly Cross, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Nevada Reno, is a data-informed, transformational mission-focused culturally responsive practitioner, researcher, and educational leader. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2007 and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Cross completed her doctoral program in the Engineering Education department at Virginia Tech in 2015 and worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Cross worked in the Department of Bioengineering working to redesign the curriculum through the NSF funded Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant. She is a member of the ASEE Leadership Virtual Community of Practice (LVCP) that organizes and facilitates Safe Zone Training workshops. Dr. Cross has conducted workshops on managing personal bias in STEM, online and in-person, in addition to faculty training on power and privilege. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in STEM, intersectionality, teamwork and communication skills, assessment, and identity construction. Her teaching philosophy focuses on student centered approaches such as problem-based learning and culturally relevant pedagogy. Dr. Cross’ complimentary professional activities promote inclusive excellence through collaboration. She is an NSF CAREER awardee, delivered multiple distinguished lectures, and has received a national mentoring award.
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    DEI support for queer individuals in STEM Engineering Education and the Queer Community Faculty and staff support Connect with Kelly
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    Cross, K.J., Farrell, S. & Hughes, B. (Ed.). (2022). Queering STEM Culture in US Higher Education: Navigating Experiences of Exclusion in the Academy, published by Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. eBook: 978-1-003-16925-3
    Cross, K.J., Gaskins, W.B., & Coley, B.C (2022) We Cannot Address What We Do Not Acknowledge: An Autoethnography in 2020. Special Issue titled "All #BlackLivesMatter" by Understanding & Dismantling Privilege (UDP), (ISSN 2152-1875), Volume XII, Issue 1. www.wpcjournal.com.
    Duckworth, M & Cross, K.J. (2022). Antiracist Holistic Change in “STEM” Higher Education. In Ruth, B.J., Blithe, S. & Bauer, J. Badass Feminist Politics, published by Rutgers University Press. rutgersuniversitypress.org
    Jensen, K. & Cross, K. (2021). Engineering Stress Culture: Relationships between Mental Health, Engineering Identity, and Sense of Inclusion. Journal of Engineering Education. http://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20391
    *Cross, K.J. (2020), Racism is the manifestation of White supremacy and antiracism is the answer. J Eng Educ. doi:10.1002/jee.20362 (Top downloaded JEE article) 
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 32 min
    LE 261: Should We Compromise Our Belief System for Equity with Shane Safir

    LE 261: Should We Compromise Our Belief System for Equity with Shane Safir

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    About Shane Safir
    Shane Safir has worked at every level of the education system, from the classroom to the boardroom, for 25 years. In 2003, after teaching in San Francisco and Oakland and organizing in the community to launch a new school, Safir became the founding principal of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), an innovative national model identified by leading scholar Linda Darling-Hammond as having “beaten the odds in supporting the success of low-income students of color.” Since 2008, Safir has provided equity-centered leadership coaching, strategic planning, and professional learning support for schools, districts, and organizations across the U.S., Canada, and beyond. She facilitates workshops on creating brave spaces for equity, listening leadership, becoming a warm demander, and Street Data among other content. She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass: 2017) and her most recent book, coauthored with Dr. Jamila Dugan, is titled Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin, 2021).
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    Equity in British Columbia Differences in the United States Requests to change equity content Student voice Connect with Shane
    Website
    Twitter
    Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation
    The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 32 min
    LE 260: The Legacy of the Bilingual Education Act with Nelson Flores, Ph.D.

    LE 260: The Legacy of the Bilingual Education Act with Nelson Flores, Ph.D.

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    About Nelson Flores, Ph.D.
    Nelson Flores studies the intersection of language and race in education. This includes tracing the racist roots of contemporary language educational research, policy, and practice, documenting the ways that they continue to harm racialized bilingual students, and conceptualizing anti-racist alternatives. His work has been featured by NPR, Education Week, and the LA Times.
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    Early European linguistics Assimilation in language Bilingual Education Act Verbal Deprivation Theory The legacy of the Bilingual Education Act Can a child be semilingual? Connect with Nelson
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    Twitter: @nelsonlflores
    "False positives,' "reentry programs," and "long term English learners": Undoing dichotomous frames in US language education policy"
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 50 min
    LE 259: Why We Need Antisemitism Education in Teacher Prep Programs with Laura Vernikoff, Ed.D.

    LE 259: Why We Need Antisemitism Education in Teacher Prep Programs with Laura Vernikoff, Ed.D.

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    About Laura Vernikoff, Ed.D.
    Laura Vernikoff is an assistant professor of special education at Touro University Graduate School of Education. She previously taught middle and high school special education in New York City. Her current research interests include teacher preparation, intersectionality, assets-based pedagogies and pursuing social justice through education. Her new book, Disabling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The Relationship Between Special Education and Arrest, is available through Rowman & Littlefield.
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    The lack of antisemitism education in teacher preparation programs What the research says What is missing from teacher prep programs Christian norms in school Connect with Laura
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    The Anti-Defamation League's Antisemitism Resources
    Southern Poverty Law Center's Antisemitism Resources
    Blumenfeld, W.J. (2006) Christian privilege and the promotion of “secular” and not-so “secular” mainline Christianity in public schooling and in the larger society. Equity & Excellence in Education, 39(3), 195-210, DOI: 10.1080/10665680600788024
    White Christian Privilege (book) by Khyati Y. Joshi
    My Jewish Learning site with information about Jewish culture, history, and religion
    Disabling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 32 min
    LE 258: A Conversation on How to Address Racial Slurs in School with Dr. Rhianna Thomas

    LE 258: A Conversation on How to Address Racial Slurs in School with Dr. Rhianna Thomas

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    About Rhianna Thomas, Ph.D.
    Rhianna Thomas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of early childhood education at New Mexico State University. She studies critical pedagogy in early childhood education using antiracist, culturally sustaining, and critical literacy approaches. Rhianna earned her doctorate at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Her dissertation work explored how her own two white children learned about race and racism as she attempted to implement antiracist curriculum at home. Rhianna also examines child guidance and classroom management practices in early childhood, especially in regard to equity. She often employs arts-based methodologies including poetic inquiry. 
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    What led Dr. Thomas to researching Antiracist teaching Transitioning into an Antiracist parent A story about colorism and reaffirming a student’s skin color is beautiful Can I touch your hair The N word Antiblackness Creating student advocates Strategies for White teachers Connect with Rhianna
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    Identifying your skin is too dark as a put-down: Enacting whiteness as hidden curriculum through a bullying prevention programme
    Pedagogy to Deconstruct Anti-Blackness: Three Conversations With White Children About a Racial Slur
    Additional Resources
    Book Dr. Eakins
    LE 90: But Seriously, How Do I Address Racial Slurs in School Books?
    Can I Touch Your Hair?
    Watch The Art of Advocacy Show
    Learn more about the Advocacy Room
    Free Course on Implicit Bias
    20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities
    Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course
    FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 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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