Leading and learning for equity is a collective journey

By Nader Twal
Categories: Continuous improvement, Equity, Fundamentals, Implementation, Leadership, Personalization
February 2022
I never wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up, let alone a district-level professional learning administrator. I certainly never expected to be writing a column for this magazine about how to support the professional growth of equity-centered school leaders. But I always knew education was central to my path. As Jordanian immigrants to the United States, my parents ingrained in me the belief that education is a key lever for change and the seed of all opportunity. In the Middle East, education is a currency, especially in countries like Jordan, where limited natural resources slow economic development. In these environments, investing in human capital becomes integral to national modernization and international competitiveness, so pursuing postsecondary education was never in question for us.

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To learn more about the concepts in this column, listen to myPD Unplugged, the podcast about equity-centered professional learning hosted by Twal and his colleagues in Long Beach Unified School District in California. Each episode is accompanied by a discussion guide, which can be accessed by clicking on the episode’s webpage. The podcast is available on all major podcast streaming services.


Kennedy, R.F. (1966, June 6). Day of Affirmation address, University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa [Speech transcript]. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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Program Administrator for Professional Learning and Curriculum Services at Long Beach Unified School District | + posts

Nader I. Twal is a program administrator in the Long Beach Unified School District’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development.

Categories: Continuous improvement, Equity, Fundamentals, Implementation, Leadership, Personalization

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