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Using Socratic Circles to Engage Racial Equity Discourse in the Classroom

Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Using Socratic Circles to Engage Racial Equity Discourse in the Classroom

Presented by Schyvonne Ross, Assistant Principal, Reynoldsburg High School, Reynoldsburg City Schools (OH); Lisa Floyd-Jefferson, Deeper Learning Specialist, Reynoldsburg City Schools (OH); Alexandra Merritt Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Inclusive Innovation Researcher, Digital Promise; and Kristian Lenderman, Ed.D., Senior Program Manager, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise Center for Inclusive Innovation

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This interactive edWebinar is designed to empower educators and school administrators with the tools and knowledge they need to foster open, inclusive, and meaningful conversations about issues of race and social justice within their classrooms. This session combines theory with practical implementation strategies, enabling attendees to begin to plan and facilitate thought-provoking discussions on racial equity and social justice both in and outside the classroom.

Viewers gain a deep understanding of the Socratic Circle strategy and how to integrate Socratic Circles into the curriculum. Additionally, viewers hear how the Reynoldsburg City Schools team created a safe and inclusive space and built student leadership skills through their implementation process. Viewers are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement Socratic Circles effectively and inspire their students to lead discussions on race and social justice, fostering a culture of empathy, understanding, and positive change in their communities.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school counselors and social workers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Schyvonne Ross

About the Presenters

Schyvonne Ross has been an educator for the past 18 years. She currently serves as Assistant Principal of Reynoldsburg High School and Chairperson of the Reynoldsburg City Schools Board’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Equity and Inclusion. She has also served as a principal and as a director of teaching and learning. As a classroom teacher, Schyvonne innovatively developed and taught the curriculum for Reynoldsburg City Schools’ African American literature course. She continues to serve as a mentor for new African American literature teachers. The National Education Association featured Schyvonne and her students in a documentary on race and racism in school. Her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion is unparalleled and has driven her to be a successful change agent within her school, her district, and her community. Passion, vision, and leadership are but a few of the exemplary qualities that she brings to the table to improve education for all students.

Lisa Floyd-Jefferson

Lisa Floyd-Jefferson is currently a Deeper Learning Specialist responsible for instructional coaching, curriculum development, professional development, promoting equitable instruction practices, and developing equitable learning environments. Her 31 years of experience spans from Montessori preschool to AP Calculus. Lisa has served as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, building-level administrator, and central office administrator. After achieving National Board Certification in adolescent-to-young-adult math, she spent ten years continuing to learn, grow, and share her expertise. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to collaborate with accomplished educators from all over the world. She is a contributing member of the Ohio Department of Education’s 2018 Model Math Curriculum, a founding teacher of the Metro Early College STEM School on the Ohio State University Campus, and has had her work showcased in ATLAS (Accomplished Teaching, Learning, and Schools), the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards video library of National Board Certified Teachers at work.

Alexandra Merritt Johnson

Dr. Alexandra Merritt Johnson is a Senior Inclusive Innovation Researcher at Digital Promise with over ten years of experience leading research and evaluation projects that center equity. Her educational background is in developmental psychology with a focus on positive development of youth from historically and systematically excluded communities. Her recent work has spanned topics such as equity in education R&D processes, critical consciousness development, racial identity development across various contexts, and culturally responsive teaching. Her methodological training and expertise centers on transformational research practices that are mutually beneficial, participatory, culturally responsive, and contextualized to meet the needs of stakeholders. Currently, Dr. Merritt Johnson co-leads the research of an Inclusive Innovation project aimed at increasing teachers’ capacity to lead racial discourse in the classroom in partnership with a district-community team of district leaders, teachers, students, parents, and other community members using a culturally responsive, community-based participatory research approach.

Kristian Lenderman

Kristian Lenderman, Ed.D. is currently a Project Director at Digital Promise’s Center for Inclusive Innovation overseeing a variety of equity-centered, education R&D projects. She has dedicated her career to working on educational equity and her research focuses broadly on school climate and teacher training. Dr. Lenderman has over ten years of experience in education at the classroom, district, and state levels. As a teacher, coach, and facilitator, she focuses on reaching equitable outcomes by building a positive and inclusive culture. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Houston in 2020.

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Digital Promise Center for Inclusive InnovationDigital Promise’s Center for Inclusive Innovation reimagines education research and development (R&D) by resourcing the creative ingenuity of communities working in partnership with school districts to create equitable powerful learning opportunities for students furthest from opportunity. The foundation for Inclusive Innovation is anchored in a set of core tenets that embody an equity-centered approach to research and development. The tenets define how we deliberately support teams in co-constructing an inclusive R&D culture that enables equitable leadership and contribution.


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