Dismantling Bias and Rethinking Curriculum with Sheldon Eakins | The LP: EP 18

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In the education profession, equity work can get deeply deferred or get really messy, really fast. This is because it can reveal so much about professional and personal beliefs that are consequential to our students receiving grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful instruction. And these problematic perceptions can be emboldened by policies. I got a chance to talk with Sheldon Eakins about his book Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students. Join us as we discuss the bold, graceful, and practical ways equity can be cultivated in schools. 


Key Takeaways

  • Educators need to be aware of and reflect on their own implicit biases, as these can negatively impact instruction if left unaddressed.
  • Involving students in curriculum planning and ensuring content is relevant to their lives is important for engagement.
  • Features of a socially just school include cooperative learning, staff diversity that reflects the student population, and inclusion of diverse perspectives in daily curriculum.
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Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.
Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D.
Author of Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students

About Sheldon Eakins

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D., is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center. Dr. Eakins is also the host of The Art of Advocacy Livestream and the Leading Equity Podcast. Furthermore, Dr. Eakins is the author of Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students. With over 15 years in education, he has served as a teacher, school principal, adjunct professor, and Director of Special Education.

Sheldon Eakins is passionate about helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.

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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