Author Archives: Sara Brown

About Sara Brown

Marketing & Product Development Manager at the National Equity Project www.nationalequityproject.org

Instructional Coaching | Beyond Best Practices

“Coaching is becoming popular, in part, because many educational leaders recognize the old form of professional development, built around traditional in-service sessions for teachers, simply doesn’t affect student achievement” (Knight 2006). Instructional coaching alone doesn’t necessarily support teachers to be … Continue reading

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Facilitator As Host: Host Your Next Meeting

The holiday season has passed and by now we’re all fully back in work mode.  But there’s no reason you can’t keep that warm, welcoming feeling alive throughout the year, even at your school or workplace. Your meetings may not … Continue reading

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Make the Most of Your Meeting Agenda

Make space for stories. Provide space for people to share what brought them to this work, their personal history and background, and what’s happening in their lives outside of work.  People bring their whole self to meetings – whether we … Continue reading

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Three Keys to Effective and Equitable Meetings

1.) Effective meetings emphasize purpose and identity. The purpose of any meeting should be more than getting through a list of items together.  If it were that simple, an email could probably do the trick. (If you’re calling a meeting … Continue reading

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From the Mouths of Coaches

Last week we hosted leaders and educators from across the country at our annual Coaching for Equity Institute in Oakland, CA.  Here are some of the powerful reflections participants had to share after our three days together: “I enjoyed connecting … Continue reading

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5 Coaching Skills Every Manager Should Use

1. Listen without judgment. Being able to listen without judgment is key to any relationship – coaching or otherwise. Two forms of listening we encourage coaches and managers to employ are constructivist listening and active / reflective listening. Constructivist listening … Continue reading

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Change the Odds this #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have a day for giving back. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to supporting positive change in the world. Will you help us deliver on the … Continue reading

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Hugh Vasquez on Internalized Oppression

National Equity Project Senior Associate Hugh Vasquez will join the radio program A Safe Place to Talk About Race on Monday, November 5, at 4pm EST, 1pm PST. The program streams live online via the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. Episode description: … Continue reading

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A Few Ways to Build Student-Teacher Rapport

 “Trust between teachers and students is the affective glue that binds educational relationships together.  Not trusting teachers has several consequences for students. They are unwilling to submit themselves to the perilous uncertainties of new learning. They avoid risk. They keep … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

1) Commit to knowing your students well — academically, socially, and emotionally.  Learn about their families, cultures, and interests.  Ask questions, talk with parents, community members and colleagues, read books, watch movies, listen to music.  Make home visits, or create … Continue reading

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