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For our students to feel valued at school, we need to create a learning atmosphere that allows all students to be themselves while knowing that their teachers are actively working to provide the best instructional practices for their needs.


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What is the Purposeful Teaching Academy? 

A two-day intensive professional development program for educators looking to make sure ALL students have access to the resources they need to be successful both academically and socially.

The Four Tenets of the Purposeful Teaching Academy

Self Awareness

Self-awareness and recognition of implicit bias in teaching.

Instructional Design

Creating a learning environment where students cultures and languages are seen and respected every day.


Seeking opportunities for students to learn from each other and view the world through different lenses.

Advocacy Work

Taking a conscious advocacy approach to developing an equitable and socially just learning environment in which the students receive the resources and attention they need to be successful.

Meet Dr. Eakins

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. He is also the author of Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. 

Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.

The Purposeful Teaching Academy Textbook

Transform your school and your classroom with these best practices in equity. 

Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for ALL Students 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. You’ll learn about: 

  • Things you can do today to advance the cause of equity in your classroom, from reconsidering your language choices to getting to know yourself and your students 
  • Using social justice as the basis for your advocacy for equity 
  • How to promote a decolonial atmosphere and model vulnerability and humility for your students and colleagues 

Ideal for educators and educational leaders at all stages of their careers, Leading Equity will help you improve your ability to offer an equitable environment to all of your students.

The book is NOT included in the training pricing. Participants must acquire the book on their own prior to the PD. 


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