Engaged, Responsive Educators

All students have a right to a quality education.

Our goal is to build individual and collective equity consciousness and capacity, so students' learning environments are humanizing, liberating, and joyful.

This requires us to prioritize educational equity and belonging as a primary goal, so students from historically marginalized communities experience a sense of belonging, agency to shape the content and process of their learning, and thrive.


The hub for Engaged, Responsive Educators provides resources for professional learning, reflection, and collaboration so that educators have regular opportunities to engage in the following:

  • build their knowledge of and reflect on the history of race, racism, and exclusion in the United States and build their skill for discussing this history with students in the context of lessons and class discussions
  • increase their own self-awareness of how their various social identities in terms of race, class, gender, language, etc. shaped their own educational experiences and shape their definitions of success and their interpretations of student behavior
  • deconstruct, reflect on, and design lessons that support the active valuing, engagement, and development of the whole child
  • learn about the neuroscience of learning; those signals that trigger a “threat” response especially for students of color as well as strategies explicitly designed to decrease stress and generate a sense of calm and well-being
  • develop a repertoire of approaches for building trust, especially across race, class, and culture.

Social Emotional Learning & Equity - National Equity Project, nationalequityproject.org/about/social-emotional-learning-equity.


The hub for Engaged, Responsive Educators is organized with Maisha Winn’s four stances described in her book, Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice (2018):

  • History Matters: To collectively access painful histories and address the historical wrong-doing in education and in school communities.
  • Race Matters: To commit to practicing anti racism using an ongoing process of learning, self reflection, and unlearning to self-critique, discover, and shed the racist ideas consumed over a lifetime of socialization into a culture of white supremacy in which ‘whiteness’ is made invisible to uphold power hierarchies.
  • Justice Matters: To educate young people for ‘collective freedom’ through cultivating conditions in which each person is honored as worthy, treated with respect, dignity, and mutual concern, and students and educators learn to be in positive relationship with each other.
  • Language Matters: To provide tangible tools for addressing the complex work of reconciling history, race, and justice.

Race Matters

History Matters

Language Matters

Justice Matters

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