Evan Whitehead: Equity, SEL, and Educator Wellness

Who is Evan Whitehead?

EVAN WHITEHEAD is a school district administrator, national consultant for the Aha Process, and an advocate for equity, mental health, mindfulness, and the UN sustainable development goals in education.

Questions, Topics, and YouTube Timestamps

  • 2:56 – How are you doing these days, and what has the COVID crisis looked like for you so far?
  • 7:35 – As we continue to move through this crisis, how can we respond and care best for students? It’s story time! Please share with us about a low moment or an experience of adversity that you’ve faced in your teaching or education career, and describe how you overcame it.
  • 17:31 – Share about your work with Aha Process. What is their mission and vision?
  • 21:58 – Do you see state-mandated broadband and wifi for every household in the future as a result of the current crisis?
  • 24:05 – How can education play a role in terms of changing some of the systemic and cultural inequities that we continue to see in society today?
  • 30:55 – How are you looking to grow professionally and improve your practice right now? Can you share about a specific professional goal or project that you’re currently working on?
  • 36:10 – Outside of education, what’s another area of learning for you? What is it that ignites your passions outside of the classroom and brings you alive as a human being? Tell us why this area interests you and why you enjoy it.
  • 37:21 – Share about one app, personal habit, or productivity hack that contributes to your success.

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  • Sunrise Drive by South London Hifi*
  • Anthem by The Grand Affair*
  • Roots of Legend by Density & Time
  • Jane Fonda by The Grand Affair*
  • *tracks courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library

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Andrea Ferrero: Equity, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy

Who is Andrea Ferrero, and what is Pockets Change?

ANDREA FERRERO brings over a decade of experience in teaching and learning, curriculum and program development, and community capacity building together to design award winning educational programs and digital products. She holds a teaching credential in PreK-12th grade multiple subjects and two Master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction with Multicultural Contexts.

At Pockets Change, Andrea works with schools, organizations, and businesses to make finance fun through innovative educational approaches and meaningful ed-tech tools. She has served as a delegate to the World Innovation Summit in Qatar, the ASCD Supervision and Curriculum Development Delegation in China, the Multi-Age Learning Institute in New Zealand, and the Mozilla Open Leaders in England. Andrea is also a board member of the California Jump$tart Coalition.

⭐️ Use the timestamps below to jump to specific parts of this conversation in YouTube. ⬇️

  • 3:12 – It’s story time! Please share with us about a LOW MOMENT or an experience of adversity that you’ve faced in your teaching or education career, and describe how you overcame it.
  • 5:41 – As I mentioned off the top, you are the co-founder and executive director of POCKETS CHANGE. What is the mission and vision of your organization? How do you seek to serve schools and learners?
  • 7:52 – I’d like to focus in especially on this whole area of FINANCIAL LITERACY. Why do you think this is such a critical concern for our students today? What do you see as some of the most serious gaps in our typical high school education?
  • 12:39 – Does Pockets Change offer any ENTREPRENEURSHIP workshops or practical opportunities for small business training?
  • 14:21 – Outside of education, what’s another area of LEARNING for you? What is it that ignites your passions outside of the classroom and brings you alive as a human being? Tell us why this area interests you and why you enjoy it.
  • 15:44 – Share about one app, personal habit, PRODUCTIVITY hack that contributes to your success.

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Assessment Practices: Building Sustainability, Equity, and Literacy (featuring ACBC)

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with five educators from the Assessment Consortium of BC. The purpose of ACBC is “To foster growth in assessment literacy for educators in British Columbia that will lead to sustainable and equitable practices, benefiting learners from K to post-secondary.” Whether you’re a British Columbian educator or not, if you’re interested in learning more about assessment practices in K-16, this conversation is for you.

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Questions and Timestamps from This Conversation

  • 0:30 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
    • 0:38 – Who is Shannon Schinkel?
    • 1:44 – Who is Nina Pak Lui?
    • 2:14 – Who is Phil Stringer?
    • 3:06 – Who is Josh Ogilvie?
    • 4:00 – Who is Katie Marren?
  • 5:07 – What is the Assessment Consortium of BC? How and why did ACBC start?
  • 7:53 – Why do you call it a consortium? What do you see as ACBC’s mission?
  • 12:18 – What is your personal assessment story? What sorts of experiences have shaped your thinking around assessment today?
  • 31:53 – Who are the voices who have inspired you and influenced your assessment journey?
  • 41:33 – What are your hopes for the launch and learn EdCamp event?
  • 44:46 – What is next for ACBC? What are some of your long-term GOALS?
  • 47:48 – How can we connect with you and join your learning journey?

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Assessment Authors and Speakers Recommended by the Panelists

  • Barbara Oakley
  • Benjamin Bloom
  • Brooke Moore
  • Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Dustin Louie
  • Dylan Wiliam
  • Grant Wiggins
  • Henry Roediger III
  • Jan Chappuis
  • Jay McTighe
  • Jo Chrona
  • Jody Carrington
  • Judy Halbert
  • Katie White
  • Ken O’Connor
  • Leyton Schnellert
  • Linda Kaser
  • Mark A. McDaniel
  • Paige Fisher
  • Peter C. Brown
  • Peter Liljedahl
  • Rick Stiggins
  • Rick Wormeli
  • Shelley Moore
  • Starr Sackstein
  • Susan Brookhart
  • Thomas Guskey
  • Tom Schimmer

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The EDU Sisters: Women on a Mission to Change the World

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with four female educators united by passion, values, and a commitment to make the world a better place through education. Guests included Abigail French, Hedreich Nichols, Bonnie Nieves, and Kellie Bahri.

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 0:00 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
  • 6:08 – Who are the EDU Sisters? How did you first connect, and what drew you to each other?
  • 14:22 – Our world faces tough challenges today. In your view, how can education contribute to solutions?
  • 28:44 – Just for fun: What is your best estimate for the percentage of educators in your building who are active on EDU Twitter?
  • 35:14 – What are some of your hopes for 2021?
  • 42:30 – How can we connect with you?

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Elena Aguilar: Coaching, Equity, and Resilience

Meet Elena Aguilar

ELENA AGUILAR is an accomplished educational presenter, speaker, and author. She strives to help leaders learn, be their best selves, and serve students well. In 2018, Elena published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, and in 2020 she released Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice.

Questions That Guided Our Conversation

1:15 – Why don’t you start by telling us a little more about your current context in education?

2:27 – First things first: how are you doing right now? How are you handling the home quarantine and social distancing?

4:37 – It’s story time! Please share with us about a low moment or an experience of adversity that you’ve faced in your teaching or education career, and describe how you overcame it.

08:48 – In 2018, you published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. This seems like an especially timely focus today, with educators everywhere having to reinvent their practice and respond to challenges on a variety of levels. What are some pieces of wisdom and insight that you could share from your book that might provide educators with some hope and encouragement during a very challenging time in our schools?

15:00 – Let’s talk about your most recent work, a book called Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice. What was the mission and vision of this book? Who is it aimed at, and what would you like educators to take away from it?

18:46 – If you could offer one practical strategy or bit of advice to educators around the challenges of building equity, what would that be?

21:24 – How are you looking to grow professionally and improve your practice right now? Can you share about a specific professional goal or project that you’re currently working on?

22:41 – Outside of education, what’s another area of learning for you? What is it that ignites your passions outside of the classroom and brings you alive as a human being? Tell us why this area interests you and why you enjoy it.

23:39 – When it comes to writing, are you the sort of structured or disciplined writers that follows the same writing time each day?

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  • Sunrise Drive by South London Hifi*
  • Anthem by The Grand Affair*
  • Species by Diamond Ortiz
  • *tracks courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library

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