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The right questions can sharpen our focus on equity

By Nader Twal
Categories: Coaching, Equity, Facilitation, Leadership
April 2022
Stories have the power to humanize those around us. They provide insight and data that numbers alone can’t communicate. I have often spoken of this power in the professional learning I lead, and I did so in the last issue of this journal. But what I never realized until recently was how deeply my own story, rooted in my upbringing and my family’s culture, shaped my approach to education and leadership. Growing up, when my siblings and I would do something that brought the family honor, my parents would say (in Arabic) that we “lifted their heads.” The saying connotes that our choices and our success caused them to stand taller, knowing that what they sowed in us reflected well on the family. My family’s

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References

Anaissie, T., Cary, V., Clifford, D., Malarkey, T., & Wise, S. (2021). Liberatory Design. www.liberatorydesign.com

Mezirow, J. (2003). Transformative learning as discourse. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(1), 58-63.


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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: Coaching, Equity, Facilitation, Leadership

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