Understanding Your Instructional Power with Tanji Reed Marshall | The LP: EP 14

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A truth that remains in the United States is that teaching is one of the most underappreciated professions in the country, financially and intellectually, as teachers are often cut out of decisions about what to teach and how to teach on a larger scale. As we advocate to reclaim the power taken, it’s important to analyze the power given, which can still seriously impact the quality of instruction in classrooms. I got a chance to build with Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall and discuss her book Understanding Your Instructional Power: Curriculum and Language Decisions to Support Each Student. Join us as we discuss the power overlooked within a profession undervalued and how it can be used to provide grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful instruction.


Key Takeaways

  • Examine your own biases and beliefs. Teachers need to reflect deeply on their own identities, experiences, and biases to understand how they impact their instructional choices and treatment of students.
  • Instruction and classroom management are intertwined. They cannot be separated into silos - teachers are constantly managing both student behavior and content delivery simultaneously.
  • All teachers have instructional power. Even with scripted curriculums, teachers make impactful choices about how they deliver content, give feedback, and engage with students that reflect their beliefs.
  • Create an inclusive learning environment. Teachers should involve students in the learning process, be aware of stereotype threats, and use language/practices that make all students feel valued and affirmed in their identities.
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Tanji Reed Marshall
Tanji Reed Marshall
Author of Understanding Your Instructional Power: Curriculum and Language Decisions to Support Each Student

About Tanji Reed Marshall

Tanji Reed Marshall is a nationally recognized and sought-after expert on educational equity and educational leadership. She has more than two decades of experience in advancing practice on behalf of students of color, those experiencing economic uncertainty, and those perpetually left on the margins of the education system. She partners with states, school districts, schools, and education organizations to solve complex issues related to educational equity and improve educational leadership.

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.


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