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I'm your host, Dr. Sheldon Eakins, and today we'll tackle the common yet paralyzing concern: the fear of not doing it right. Many of us have attempted to initiate change, only to be met with resistance or stumble in the process. This can lead to a reluctance to speak out against injustices or harmful practices due to fear of conflict, social pressure, or violating deeply ingrained school norms. But it's 2024, and we cannot shy away from confronting traditions that may exclude or demean certain groups of students.

We'll delve into the challenges leaders face, such as conformity bias and the dread of confrontation, and discuss the power dynamics at play when trying to evoke change within our schools. To bring equity into our classrooms, we must brave these uncomfortable discussions and decisions. We'll explore the importance of representation and the pitfalls of perpetuating cultural insensitivity. Furthermore, I'll share insights from educators about the difficulties in engaging with students from diverse backgrounds and the hesitation to seek advice from colleagues for fear of being perceived as ignorant.

This episode is not just about identifying problems; it's about leading respectful communities through methods like modeling respect, measuring what matters, and implementing restorative practices. It's about the courage to ask questions and the commitment to continuous learning. So let's dive in, challenge ourselves, and champion equity in education.

Show Highlights

  • Effects of Social Pressure on Decision-Making
  • Consequences of Yielding to Social Pressure
  • The Fear of Not Doing It Right
  • Leading Respectful Communities
  • Asking for a Friend

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Leading Equity delivers an eye-opening and actionable discussion of how to transform a classroom or school into a more equitable place. Through explorations of ten concrete steps that you can take right now, Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins offers you the skills, resources, and concepts you’ll need to address common equity deficiencies in education.


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