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All means all: Equity challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis

Presenters: Rodney Robinson, Ron Walker, & Tricia McManus

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The challenge and collective responsibility of ensuring all students have access to high-quality and culturally responsive teaching is one of critical importance during this COVID-19 era. This webinar focused on resources, strategies, and tangible ideas at the classroom, school, and district levels that all educators can use to reach students where they are, especially those who have been historically marginalized and empower them with the mindsets and skills necessary to experience success.     A snippet of this webinar https://learningforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05-28-webinar-snippet-audio-only.mp3   Participants will: Better understand the types of challenges classroom, school, and district leaders are facing and the specific opportunities these leaders are seeing to address them; Learn about equity-based strategies and tools for supporting all students in a virtual environment; and Share questions and

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2019 National Teacher of the Year | + posts

Rodney Robinson is a 19-year teaching veteran. He became a teacher to honor his mother, who struggled to receive an education after being denied an education as a child due to segregation and poverty in rural Virginia. In 2015, Robinson started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand the school-to-prison pipeline. Robinson uses the whole child approach to education to help the students who are most vulnerable. His classroom is a collaborative partnership between himself and his students and is anchored in him providing a civic centered education that promotes social-emotional growth. Robinson uses the knowledge he has gained from his students to develop alternative programs to prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline.

Executive Director at Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color | + posts

Ron Walker has over 45 years of experience serving as a teacher, principal, staff developer, and consultant in various educational communities. Currently, Walker serves as the executive director and is a founding member of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC). The mission of COSEBOC, founded in 2007, is to connect, inspire, support, and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic development of boys and young men of color. Walker has authored two publications on leadership and is featured in numerous education articles. In 2018, Walker authored Solomon’s Plan: Gift of Education from a Father to His Son. He remains steadfastly committed to high-quality education for children and particularly boys and young men of color and other underserved populations.

Superintendent at Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools | + posts

Tricia McManus is superintendent for Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She served as an educator in Hillsborough County Public Schools for thirty years. She started her career as a teacher and then moved into positions of assistant principal, principal, director of leadership development, and assistant superintendent of leadership, professional development, and school transformation. Under her leadership in Hillsborough, the district created new structures for school turnaround which included a new employee compensation plan, equitable resourcing and staffing, and systems of district and community support.

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