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About Dr. Sonya Murray-Darden
Dr. Sonya L. Murray-Darden is the CEO of Equity Matters, an organization dedicated to ensuring every child reaches their full academic and social potential through tailored, transformational, accelerated approaches to instruction, curriculum, and data strategy. She is also a Missouri Leadership Development Specialist at Education Plus. As an award-winning veteran educator and leadership coach with over twenty-five years of broad experience as an author, researcher, principal, staff developer, reading interventionist, and Teacher of the Year, she leverages her years of experience to help educators provide students with meaningful grade-level access. Dr. Murray has an earned doctorate in teaching and learning and advanced degrees in educational administration, elementary education, and reading. Her latest co-authored book, Serving Educational Equity: A Five-Course Framework for Accelerated Learning, offers a comprehensive, culturally affirming, whole-child approach to accelerating learning that connects theory and practice vividly, with passion and compassion.
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.