An opportunity for equity

By Sonia Caus Gleason and Jill Harrison Berg
Categories: Equity, Learning systems/planning, Outcomes
June 2020
Vol. 41, No. 3
When COVID-19 appeared on international radar this year and began its march around the globe, it revealed to any who might have previously denied it that the work to eliminate educational inequities is far from done. Pandemic shines a light on the need for equitable teaching practices. #LearnFwdTLP Click To Tweet During this pandemic, some students have uninterrupted access to the basic needs of daily life and remote learning requirements such as devices, internet, and a supportive learning environment, while others do not. This pattern is not random; it can be predicted by demographics, including race, income level, and ZIP code, that continue to be shaped by institutional and structural racism. Since the first enslaved Africans were brought to the North American continent 400 years

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Sonia Caus Gleason and Jill Harrison Berg

Sonia Caus Gleason ( consults and coaches on collaborative adult learning and measurement efforts that pursue equity, innovation, and continuous improvement. Jill Harrison Berg ( is a leadership coach, researcher, and consultant on teacher leadership and systemic improvement.


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