Impacting the Classroom

Equity is an Action Word

Equity
Impacting the Classroom
Equity is an Action Word
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How should you begin thinking of equity as a verb? What are the first steps for businesses and schools to take to create change? What steps can educators do within the classroom to be more mindful and culturally competent? 

In today’s episode, you’ll hear a conversation between Dr. Darlene Estes-Del Re, Marnetta Larrimer, and Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. Allen is the President and CEO of the Center for Equity and Excellence and has a 30-year background as an educational leader on a mission to ensure that all children can access high-quality, developmentally appropriate, and culturally appropriate early childhood programs.

Listen in to learn what the effects of the recent push for more equity have been, what an equity audit is, and how the American Rescue Plan funds can be used to support the effort for more equitable classrooms. 

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • [00:00:18] Introductions
  • [00:00:30] Today’s topic: How to build a more equitable education system 
  • [00:02:21] Whether or not children are seeing results from the recent push for equity
  • [00:10:05] The first steps for designing and implementing equity-focused programs
  • [00:14:10] Building a diverse workforce
  • [00:18:51] Using the American Recovery Plan funds
  • [00:23:11] The difficulty of accessing high-quality programs
  • [00:24:00] Making sure those who need it most can access programs 
  • [00:25:10] What families need at home to help children learn
  • [00:28:35] Partnering with families to find out what supports they need
  • [00:29:64] Supporting the need for culturally competent early learning educators 
  • [00:33:17] Accepting the bias in your own cultural lens
  • [00:34:14] Daily acts of bias in early childhood classrooms
  • [00:38:09] Keeping in mind when teaching takes place
  • [00:40:30] Summary of today’s conversation
  • [00:41:28] Equity as an action word

 

Resources

Dr. Darlene Estes-Del Re 

Marnetta Larrimer 

Dr. Rosemarie Allen


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