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About The Guests
Dr. Sharone Brinkley-Parker
Dr. Sharone Brinkley-Parker, a Baltimore native, has over 20 years of experience in education, focusing on leadership, curriculum, and equity in education. She has facilitated sessions at conferences like the Maryland Cultural Proficiency Conference, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Maryland Multicultural Coalition Conference, and UnboundEd. Dr. Brinkley-Parker is a founding member of Greater Baltimore Health Improvement Initiative and Equity in Education Partners, working to dismantle structural and systemic racism and ensure access for multi-racial/multi-ethnic communities. Her passion for facilitating equity work drives her to make the invisible visible and champion for the voiceless.
Dr. Tracey L. Durant
Dr. Tracey Lynette Durant has over 20 years of experience in educational and non-profit fields, including specialist, director, executive director, program administrator, and learning assistance coordinator roles. She has led systemwide initiatives promoting equitable practices and structures for positive educational outcomes. Dr. Durant is a founding partner with Equity in Education Partners, an equity instructor with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, and a licensed consultant with the Standards for Excellence Institute. She has been recognized as a Millers-Coors/100 Black Men of America Ice Cold Leader, a Sojourner-Douglass College Distinguished Alum, and a CollegeBound Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Durant is married to Bruce Jr. and the proud mother of Cheyenne and Bruce III.
Ms. Johari Toe is a public school administrator with over 20 years of experience in education. She is dedicated to creating a purposeful, equitable, and engaging learning environment for all children. Toe has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, professional developer, Title I specialist, assistant principal, and principal in various Maryland school systems. She has invested in theory and practice of creating equitable work environments through professional development, discussing equity and education, and focusing on student groups.
Dr. Lisa Williams
Dr. Lisa Williams is a career educator with a diverse background, including teacher, mentor, university professor, and Title I director. She has presented on improving outcomes for marginalized student populations and has worked with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and her independent company, EMCS. Dr. Williams has provided guidance on anti-racist organizational development, racial equity, gender equity in STEM, leading for equity, school transformation, and culturally responsive practices. She has also served as a subject matter expert with the U.S. Department of Education and is a board president for Restorative Response Baltimore. Dr. Williams has focused on systems transformation towards equitable access, creating certificate programs in educational equity and cultural proficiency with local Maryland Institutes for Higher Education. Her first book, When Treating All the Kids the Same Is the Real Problem, was published by Corwin in 2014.
About The LP: Literature in Practice
UnboundEd's goal is to instill the GLEAM™ (Grade-Level, Engaging, Affirming, and Meaningful) instructional framework into classrooms across the nation with professional development, curated programs, and now with a brand new podcast series, The LP: Literature in Practice. Host Brandon White interviews the authors of today’s thought-provoking educational literature and connects the text to GLEAM.
About Brandon White
Brandon White is a former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. He has worked for seven years as a servant leader intern and site coordinator for Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Literacy Programs in Rochester. He has also advocated for these practices through his participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council and through providing professional development at BMGF-sponsored Elevate and Celebrate Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) Conferences.
Book: When Treating All the Kids the Same is the Real Problem by Kendra V. Johnson, Lisa N. Jefferson Williams
Webinar: Humanity over Comfort: Why does this matter for your organization? by the authors and Corwin
Podcast: Bright Morning Podcast by Elena Aguilar and Bright Morning
Resource: Anti-Bias Toolkit by UnboundEd