Recognizing and Addressing Harmful Language Part 2: The School Edition

Last year we released our first article– a collaboration between Due East Educational Equity Collaborative and Sourcewell called Recognizing and Addressing Harmful Language — which helped us think through language choices connected to race, gender and relationships, social constructs and the white racial frame. This article focused on recognizing the impact of the words we…

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Facilitating Through Resistance, Part 2

Earlier this year we wrote the blog Equity and Justice: Facilitating Groups Through Resistance attempting to provide context and answers for the often-asked question: When facilitating racial equity and social justice group sessions, how do we navigate resistance in the room? In that blog we identified why we encounter resistance during these sessions, when to…

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The Answers Are Outside of Us: Effective Coaching for Educational Equity

Think of a professional coaching success story… One where you were either the coach or the person being coached. What made the coaching experience successful? Think of a professional coaching failure… One where you were either the coach or you were the coachee. What made the coaching experience unsuccessful? I have been in both positions:…

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Conversations with Colleagues: Calling Out Inequities

In a previous blog post, Marceline DuBose and I wrote about the resistance educational equity facilitators can expect. And it is unsurprising that someone standing in front of a room full of people arguing that perspectives should shift and resources should be reallocated would receive that kind of push-back. But when one educator makes an…

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Schools Commit Spirit Murder Against Black Children

She was a bright-eyed and enthusiastic student, one who eagerly pored through the list of Black authors in my syllabus, excited for what she’d encounter in AP Language and Composition that year.  Her heartbreak was real when she told me she’d have to leave my class; as a Magnet Student, she was required to take…

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Equity and Justice: Facilitating Groups Through Resistance

We facilitate racial equity, social justice and anti-oppression conversations daily. Sometimes these are one-on-one conversations (even with family or friends), professionally they are most often large group conversations. In the big picture, we feel compelled and fortunate to be equity facilitators. But it is a mixed bag: equity facilitation work is motivating, exhausting, and honestly…

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