What's this episode all about?
As a teacher what do you do if someone uses a racial slur, transphobic, or homophobic comment in your classroom… other than saying we don’t use that language in here? Teachers often find themselves unprepared in this situation and find themselves lacking the tools to meaningfully engage in a conversation about the issues.
Our guest today has spent more than 20 years helping educators in 48 states and a dozen countries strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools, and districts. Paul Gorski is a social justice activist, author and the Founder of Equity Literacy Institute. In today’s episode Paul and Jeff will seek to answer this question.
In this episode Jeff and Paul discuss how despite schools best intentions their impact sometimes misses the mark and children are winding up traumatized rather than being protected. Jeff and Paul discuss their common belief around trauma informed practices and GRIT and how that is impacting equity and missing the mark.
Paul also talks about his experience working with schools and school districts supporting leadership to do a better job through professional development, assessments and looking at policies and practices and how they distribute power. Paul talks about his own journey and how he found himself in this line of work and how two role models impacted his journey into the activist movement. Jeff asks Paul about his opinion on how to help teachers who seek to dismantle the system and how to impact system level change. Paul discusses “Equity Literacy” as a practice to talk about your realm of control and how you can impact change and build your influence from inside your classroom.
Show Notes & Resources
- Learn more about Paul’s work at www.equityliteracy.org
- Follow Paul on Twitter at @pgorski
- Paul’s books Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education and Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty