Q2. What are some practices or attitudes I hold/held that perpetuate/d the achievement/well-being gap? What do I need to learn or do differently to change this? In my TED_Ed talk, I make the connections between the micro (myself) and the macro (system), the attitudes I held (un/consciously) and how that harmed students. Watch the talk and answer these questions in your next tweet. #InclusiveDesign
At every step of the journey. It is critical for us to ask ourselves- “how am I complicit with causing achievement and well-being gaps“. Gloria Ladson-Billings reminds us that the “gap” as we like to call it is really a DEBT owed to Indigenous, Black, racialized and marginalized students. The big picture is that there’s a system that is operating that we are a part of. Each time we simply accept the status quo, we allow 40+ years of harm to continue. At the same time, we can’t simply go rogue.
So what is required of us as leaders in the spaces where we lead (classrooms, schools, system).
Whether we are educators, teachers, school administrators and central leaders, superintendents and senior leaders – we have to be aware of the big picture in which we operate and then begin to actively work to dismantle structures causing harm from our own spaces. This monograph published by the Ministry of Education, Ontario is a great tool to support us with developing our thinking.