Equity, Inclusion & Excellence

Issues Now! Conversations About Equity Podcast

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Issues Now! Conversations About Equity Podcast was started by Hannah Gray, Assistant Principal at Cliffdale Elementary School, in the summer of 2020 in response to the racial and social unrest in our country.  The podcast exists to highlight issues of equity in education and give tips for educators to make a difference in their sphere of influence.

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Current Episode

9. LGBTQ: Creating Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ Students

On this episode we are diving into a new topic about equity in education.  We will spend the next three episodes exploring issues related to LGBTQ students and staff.  Today’s episode will focus on the importance of, and how to create welcoming spaces for our LGBTQ students.  I am thrilled to welcome three of my friends, Ashley Boles, Dustin Best, and Kandy Cox Dillion for this conversation about equity. For more information about this topic, please visit The Trevor Project and GLSEN.


Previous Episodes

8. Becoming an Anti-Racist ELA Teacher: Classroom Application

In this episode we are dig a bit deeper into the classroom application of becoming an anti-racist ELA teacher.  Last week, I talked with three professors from NC State University about their white paper about this topic.  Today, I talk with two English  teachers from Grays Creek High School, Melissa Bishop and Joel Mayo, about how they are putting some of these practices into action in the classroom.  Melissa is also the president of the North Carolina English Teachers Association and talks briefly about what that organization is doing to promote anti-racist work through North Carolina. To nominate someone for the NCETA Anti-Racist Teaching Award, please visit: https://forms.gle/QxGHCcKhmPsvij3r6

7. Becoming an Anti-Racist ELA Teacher

In this episode I with three professors from NC State University on how to work towards becoming an Anti-Racist ELA Teacher; Dr. Michelle Falter, Dr. Chandra Alston, and Dr. Crystal Chen Lee.  These three ladies worked together in the summer of 2020 to write a white paper outlining the steps that teachers, specifically ELA teachers, should take towards becoming Anti-Racist teachers.To read the entire paper, please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11wwUDyWOeiXaYpSlzaE6LvAMG-NJnumnHl-Ud1fiPII/edit?usp=sharing

6. White Privilege: Can You See Yourself in Me?

In part three of our series on White Privilege, I talk with three colleagues from CCS- Larry Parker, Dr. Lillian McDavid, and Jovan Denaut about the importance of having access to teachers of color for our students of color.  We talk about the difficulties of recruitment and the importance of staff development in cultural responsive teaching- no matter the race of the teacher.

5. White Privilege: Academic Outreach

In this second part of our White Privilege in schools series, we take a look at the disproportionate access to AIG services and AP classes for students of color and highlight a grassroots initiative to counteract this data with Chris Lucas and Elizabeth Madyun.

4. White Privilege: The Story Behind the Discipline Data

In this first episode of a three part series about where we see white privilege in schools, we talk with Jeff May, Youth Development consultant currently residing in Houston, TX and Kailey Hill, an elementary principal in Spring Lake, NC.  We take a look at some recent discipline data and discuss how it portrays the white privilege that is so apparent in the public school system and give suggestions to teachers and administrators about how to counteract the disproportionate numbers.

3. The Role of SEL in Equitable Schools

On this episode, I interview two of my colleagues from Cumberland County Schools.  Kristy Newitt, the Coordinator of school counseling for the district, and Bridgett Pridgen, educator and advocate for Social Emotional Learning.  We discuss the importance of SEL in creating equitable schools and give strategies for incorporating SEL during this uncertain time in education.

2. Equity Amongst the Pandemic

In this episode of Issues Now! we talk with Graig Meyer, a NC Representative and co-founder of Equity Collaborative about the biggest issue facing schools right now, school re-opening. Can we do this equitably?

1. Equity: Where Are We in CCS?

In this first episode of Issues Now! Conversations about Equity, I interview several educators from Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina.  We delve into what equity in education means; diversity, inclusion, and equity; highlight some equitable practices taking place in our county; and discuss our why for making sure our schools are equitable, inclusive environments where each and every student can learn.


Published by Jovan Denaut on October 14, 2020

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