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Oct 11, 2020

Crystal Xu and Purvi Patel recently wrote a paper on how to Redesign School Level Systems For Equity.

  • How systems work together.
  • Started with redesign systems work.
  • We actually have a lot more autonomy than we think.
  • Expand our self-confidence around the structures we can control.
  • How we define engagement in school.
  • How do we deal with criticism that we face when we try to implement equitable practices.
  • It comes with the self work.
  • Power Struggle within a classroom.
  • You’re good about making a decision when you know it is true to who you are.
  • Privilege is not about good or bad.
  • Fellowship learning experiences.
  • How do we create more opportunities for Fellowship learning experiences.
  • Making sure people have opportunities that didn’t usually have it before.
  • Ceding power vs. Distributed leadership - Giving more ownership to others.
  • All of those decisions can come with biases and other barriers.
  • How to support people who may have an idea of what they want, but they don’t really have ideas of what they need.
  • How do we really change school so we are serving our families, not so they are serving us?
  • A sense of false choice.
  • Take off the choices that are not possible for most marginalized families.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Listen deeply and “Ring the bells that still can ring” quote. Identify a crack and see it as a light.

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