Written by Marie Mugabe, FariaPD
We know school looks different this year. Among numerous changes schools are facing, a priority for many schools is adjusting or auditing their units and curriculum to ensure they promote social justice and encompass equity and diversity. As an organization, Faria Education Group, is dedicated to supporting educators as they build classroom culture and curriculum that meet the needs of their diverse learners. We know that our greatest resource is the strong partnerships we have with our global network of educators. This is why we are excited to provide a platform where educators can share, listen, and collaborate with one another around social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. As we take time to listen and learn, each one of us can do our part to provide Equity in Education.
Check out some of the resources below to learn more from educators who are working towards sustainable equity and social justice in educational spaces throughout the world.
Upcoming Online Cohort
Join us for our Online PLC: Equity in Education Cohort: A Collaborative Learning Experience with Monica Belton! In this monthly group (September through April), we will get together to collaborate, learn about, and discuss equity and diversity in schools. Each month’s session will focus on a particular topic and will include both information and opportunities for interaction and conversation. Monica Belton, along with FariaPD, will share their expertise and facilitate the dialogue each month as the PLC learns, shares, and grows together.
Read some of our blogs that support Equity in Education
On-Demand Webinar Recordings
Equity in Education Series: Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards
Presented by: Kimberly Burkhalter, Ed. D
As schools and districts look to integrate social justice, equity, and diversity into their school culture and curriculum, utilizing Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards provides a solid starting point. The Social Justice Standards are a set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains – identity, diversity, justice and action (IDJA). The standards provide a common language and organizational structure: Teachers can use them to guide curriculum development, and administrators can use them to make schools more just, equitable and safe.
Equity in Education Series: The Impact of Racial Trauma on Youth
Presented by: Monica Belton
As our awareness around social justice grows, so does the awareness of the impact that racism has on our society. Specifically, racism has profound impacts on the mental health of Black and Indigenous people. In this discussion, we will explore how pervasive racism is and the biological and functional consequences it imposes.
Equity in Education Series: Addressing Microaggressions in School
Presented by: Monica Belton
Racial microaggressions are a form of racism. Whether intentional or not, these slights, snubs, or insults communicate derogatory messages about a race of people. In this workshop, we will explore what racial microaggressions are and the harmful effects they have on individuals and communities. We will also discuss practical approaches to addressing microaggressions when they occur.
It was excellent! One of the best PDs I have done in a long time. Monica was very informative, engaging and understanding! Thanks again!
This was THE BEST webinar on the subject I have been to all summer! It is clear, informative, and honest. Monica is so personable that she creates a safe space for us to learn in.
Join three educators as they share their process for supporting the conversation around equity and discuss ways they are addressing equity in their school curriculum and culture.
Rosie Sansalone, English Teacher at Summit Country Day School
Elizabeth Heard Hodgson, Assistant Head of School at The Meridian School
Yaneth Vrentas, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Meridian School
Jenn Coll, 5th Grade Teacher at The Meridian School
Join the conversation, as a panelist of educators discuss ways they are addressing diversity, equity & inclusion in their schools. Our panelists will share their experiences and takeaways and then we will open up the virtual floor for questions. Walk away with new ideas to support equity work in your own classroom and school.
Are you willing to contribute to this series? Whether you’re using the Social Justice Standards, creating units specific to anti-bias work, or doing anything else to ensure equity at your school or district, we would love to hear from you! If you are willing to share your work as a sample for other schools, click here to send us your information!
Through her diverse experience with education in the United States and abroad, Marie has seen how quality education can unlock the doors of opportunity. Her educational career stemmed from a passion for international development which led to her many roles in education, including: classroom teacher, ELD specialist, program director, curriculum developer and university professor. In her current role, as a Professional Development Facilitator, Marie consults with schools internationally and domestically supporting teachers and administrators in curriculum development and educational practice. Her lens of diversity allows her to find new ways to leverage students’ assets in the classroom, and ensure that all students have access to authentic and rigorous curriculum. Marie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago and her Educational Master’s degree from George Fox University in Portland, where she is now an adjunct professor for the School of Education.