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More Than Just a Buzzword: Embedding “Equity-Mindedness” for Concrete Change

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

More Than Just a Buzzword: Embedding “Equity-Mindedness” for Concrete Change

Presented by James Bridgeforth, Research Associate, USC Race and Equity Center and USC Rossier Center on Education Policy, Equity, and Governance; and Bianca Licata, Professional Development Associate, Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University

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Research has demonstrated that school policy, teacher pedagogies, and educational leadership are directly impacted by broader societal issues. Over a year since its emergence, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight ongoing inequities through its disproportionate impact on communities of color. This has coincided with the rise in frequency of racial violence, most recently targeting Black and Asian communities within the United States.

Put plainly, our communities are enduring multiple crises. It is therefore critical that educational leaders at every level are equipped to address the ways these crises manifest (and have manifested) within K-12 educational settings, in order to define and create a “new normal” rooted in equity-mindedness. This moment calls all educators to reconstruct learning to meet children where they are, and ultimately guide them towards a brighter, equitable future.

In this recorded edLeader Panel, viewers will:

  • Learn what equity-mindedness means as a way of thinking, working, and living
  • Concretize recurring conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion that impact our youth
  • Reflect on “norms” within our schools that are inequitable by design
  • Devise ways to create more equitable norms and strategies moving forward

This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the kindergarten through middle school levels.


James Bridgeforth

About the Presenters

James Bridgeforth is a research associate at the University of Southern California (USC) Race and Equity Center and the USC Rossier Center on Education Policy, Equity, and Governance. He is also a Ph.D. student at the Rossier School of Education at USC. James began his professional experience in education as a college admissions officer and later transitioned to K-12 education as an elementary school teacher in both traditional public and charter schools. James earned his master’s degree in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia and bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from Georgia College & State University.


Bianca Licata

Bianca Licata is a professional development associate at the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University. She is also an Ed.D. student in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching at TC. Bianca taught high school and middle school English, and now teaches writing at Manhattan Marymount College and summer courses at TC. Her research explores how teachers and students construct identities that resist oppressive policies and asks how teacher-student collaboration can build more just systems within schools. Bianca earned her master’s degree in teaching from the University of San Francisco, and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Santa Barbara, California.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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