ExpandED Equity Collaborative

ExpandED Equity Collaborative works with communities, schools and organizations to develop and maintain an applied anti-bias, anti racist analysis as individuals working within institutions.

ExpandED Equity Collaborative works with communities, schools and organizations to develop and maintain an applied anti-bias, anti racist analysis as individuals working within institutions.

Mission: ExpandED Equity Collaborative works with communities, schools and organizations to develop and maintain an applied anti-bias, anti racist analysis as individuals working within institutions.

We didn’t forget to share.

Our podcast is relaunching on 1.2.20 with a first time solo podcast with Sherita Love, host and founder of ExpandED Conversations.

This impactful podcast with Kelly Wickham Hurst will publish on 1.21.20.

Stay tuned. We’ve got you.

ExpandED Equity Collaborative works with communities, schools and organizations to develop and maintain an applied anti-bias, anti racist analysis as individuals working within institutions.

Stay tuned for newly released podcasts, workshops and details on our upcoming conference. Contact [email protected] for questions ahead of detailed released information.

Join EdHub STL for its first event of 2020 where both local and national educators will share their work and resource around the theme of "More Than Just Surviving".

Dr. Bettina Love, author and professor will share the keynote message. Food and drinks will be provided and kids ages 5 and up are welcomed to attend. Register at bit.ly/morethanjustsurviving.

RSVP for the event, today!

#educator #educators #educatorlife #Educatore #educatorsmatter #educatorsunite #educatorsofcolor #educatorsmindset #EducatorsLife #educatorscareerfair #educatorofstyle

Why now?

“It has been over sixty years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision. However, discrimination in American schools in an ongoing plague that demands attention– especially now as our schools are more diverse than ever before. For Black students, bullying, hate propaganda, racism, disproportionate rates of decline, and unequal access to courses and services are a concern to our parents and students. Our Black students feel rejected, excluded and isolated from their school communities. As a result behavior problems and chronic absenteeism are on the rise, and achievement rates are low. It is unacceptable that our students should be subject to any racism in their communities, especially at school.

It is time we demand solutions to these concerns. We must embrace the diversity of our nation, and address the needs of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society. We must fully carryout the holding of Brown v. Board of Education, and ensure equity and justice in the education system for Black students.”

Kelly Wickam-Hurst
Being Black at at School

Upcoming Podcast with ExpandED Conversations

Don’t forget to breath.

Our kids need you to be healthy and whole.

You’re going to want to listen to this.

New podcast dropping soon with Kelly Wickham Hurst, Executive Director of Being Black at School.
The trailblazer herself will lay bare her journey as an unapologetic anti-racist educator.

Episode coming soon👩🏽‍💻⏱📆...

Looking forward to this! We hope you can join us for the conversation.

EdHub STL's Sherita Love will present at STL101 on October 1. Learn how St. Louis is building an inclusive, collaborative, and multi-disciplined community of practice in the field of education. RSVP here: tinyurl.com/STL101EdHub Photo credit: RJ Hartbeck #STLMade the-STL

For the past year, ExpandED Equity Collaborative has worked with Girls in the Know St. Louis examining curriculum and programs to ensure cultural efficacy as well as to apply an equity lens.

Grateful for organizations and leaders like these who are responsive to the communities they serve and consistently reflective about how they show up!

“Education is not memorization. It is the activation of the imagination and a path towards liberation."

—Dr. Christopher Emdin

Today, ExpandED Equity Collaborative, in partnership with Phil Huntsburger of Education Equity Consultants, began our year long work with The St. Michael School of Clayton.

We look forward to journeying together while looking at our personal work and role in ensuring equitable outcomes for ALL students.

And How Are the Children?

Among the many fabled and accomplished tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It’s surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting passed among the Masai warriors;

“Casserian Engeri,” one would always say to each other. And what it meant was, “And how are the children?”

It is still the traditional greeting of the Masai, acknowledging the high value the Masai placed on the children’s well being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer,

“All the children are well.”

This meant, of course, that peace and safety prevail; the priorities of protecting the young and the powerless are in place; that the Masai people had not forgotten their reason for being, their proper function, and their responsibilities.

“All the children are well” means life is good. It means the daily struggles of existence, even among poor people, include the proper care of the young and defenseless.

I wonder how it might affect our consciousness of our own children’s welfare if we took to greeting each other in the same daily question, “And how are the children?”

I wonder, if we heard that greeting passed along to each other a dozen times a day, whether it would begin to make a difference in the reality of how children are thought of and cared for in this country.

I wonder what it would be like if every adult among us—parent and non- parent alike—felt an equal weight of responsibility for the daily care and protection of all the children in our town, in our state, and in our country.

I wonder whether we could truly say without hesitation,

“The children are well. Yes, all the children are well.”

Community first. Then the work.

As the lead catalyst with ExpandED Equity Collaborative, I’m planning dynamic year of work in collaboration with the community of educators in STL in 2020.

As such I’m reminded of the call put forward by Forward Through Ferguson.

Pausing to share the reminder with you, the collective. Stay tuned. 2020 will be a game changer.

“ We must think strategically at the systems level when considering changes, making sure to consider side effects, and weighing the potential impact.

We must think at the community level, understanding the many stakeholders who will be affected and can be valuable allies in supporting decisions.

We must think about ways to collaborate and cooperate, and to avoid the fragmentation that too often keeps our region from working together.

We must measure our success and hold ourselves accountable through data, and be transparent about the results of that data.

And because change of the type we seek requires a significant investment of time, energy, and resources, we must concentrate and align our efforts where they will make the most impact.”


Education for All

“Through my work with EdHub STL, I’m clear about keeping equity at the center and am honored to work alongside educators, parents and community members in our region who are just as deeply committed to the equitable success of students in our region.”

Sherita Love, founder and lead catalyst at ExpandED Equity Collaborative | Director of EdHub STL.

thestl.com Through EdHub STL, Sherita Love helps educators shake up their classrooms and eliminate barriers for students.


Why We've Got to Talk About Race If We Want to Achieve Education Equity

“We need to let students, families, and communities set the vision for education and we need to adopt a “nothing about them, without them” approach.

Most importantly, we must look beyond the safe space of income inequality and talk about race and racism in our schools and education.”

educationpost.org Our inability as a nation to engage in difficult conversations about race has left us with a lack of agreement on how to define equity.

Forward Through Ferguson

“As a region (and a nation) we do not adequately resource education. The discipline gaps are not simply a failure on the part of educators—they are the result of systems failures. Sure, we might not all be the ones disciplining students, but we have failed to build an education system that prevents these disparities, and we have failed to correct that system when they emerged.”

A mirror for schools and schooling in our region. We can and must do better by children. Let’s get to work.

In St. Louis schools, some students are far more likely to be suspended than those least at risk—20, 30, even 60 times more likely. Being black, male, or having a disability places students at greater risk of out-of-school suspension (OSS). However, when all three factors (race, sex, and disability) were taken together, the numbers drastically increased.

Read more in our new study with Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and West County Community Action Network - WE CAN. #FallingThroughTheCracks

[08/29/19]   “There's no such thing as neutral education.
Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom.”

Paulo Freire


For the Sake of All: A report on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis and why it matters for everyone | Health Equity Works | Washington University in St. Louis

We cannot afford to continue like this.

"Something has to change in order for everyone
in the St. Louis region to be able to thrive
and contribute to its growth and vitality...

Of course a report and list of recommendations by themselves will not result in progress.

Institutions, organizations, and individuals from across multiple sectors and segments of the region must come together to act.

Our hope is that the data and analysis provided in this report will be a helpful guide in focusing community-wide efforts to improve health and well-being for the sake of all."

The roadmaps exit. The data is clear and readily available. Let's get to work for the sake of children in our region.

healthequityworks.wustl.edu For the Sake of All: A report on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis and why it matters for everyone View Content


Ten Things to Know About the March on Washington

Today marks the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As you commemorate it, go beyond Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and teach your students about these lesser-known, equally important aspects of this historic moment.

tolerance.org Think you know all about the march? Think again!

ExpandED Equity began and continues because of you. Education played is a key role in what happened 5 years ago today.

Our work is understand, analyze and dismantle the systems of inequity in education so that it never happens again. #mikebrownforever


Chelsea Addison teaches kids about financial literacy - St. Louis Business Journal

bizjournals.com Chelsea Addison went from teaching second graders to writing children's financial literacy books, which she plans to turn into a collection.


Why America lost so many of its black teachers

The why. The what.

Let’s discuss the so now what.

economist.com Before 1964 nearly half of college-educated African-Americans in the South were teachers

[07/19/19]   An update regarding last weeks St. Louis City Board of Education meeting from Adam For SLPS, St. Louis Public Schools Board Member:

Last night the St. Louis City Board of Education met in an official governing capacity for the first time in over 12 years. The room was packed and the energy was amazing! Thank you to all the individuals and groups that made this possible. We must keep that same passion and energy moving forward in support of the young people we wish to serve today and in days to come. It takes a community to do that! #SLPS #slpUS Below are some topics we discussed ICYMI.

Topic(s) Discussed:
*Back-to-school Preparations*

1. In preparation for the upcoming school year, we discussed how we are training staff (teachers, administrators, safety officers) for the upcoming year. We also were informed of a new modification to the online grade portal (Tyler 360) for students and parents/guardians to access grade information as well as assignments in a better way. If you are a student or parent who has had issues with the online grade portal or gaining access to the parent portal, please reach out as we want to ensure the new system addresses those issues.

2. In the same thread, SLPS will be holding its annual back-to-school fair in partnership with the Urban League. Details will be on the SLPS website. Free backpacks and supplies will be provided and I was given a guarantee that we have enough for every child in the district.

Thank you!


8/4/19 Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership Event

Shared from the board of Educators for Social Justice:

The next Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership event will be on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at New City School, 5209 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.

The RECP builds collaborative relationships between “mentor” and “apprentice” teachers to strengthen and extend racial equity practices. Specifically, the “mentor” and “apprentice” teacher will meet several times over the next year to plan and share interactive read alouds with young children (Early Childhood and PK-4) at We Stories family gatherings. These gatherings are held at pivotal points in families’ engagement with We Stories and also include other fun elements such as story telling, “un-conferencing” and workshops. We expect “apprentice” teachers will gain experience teaching side-by-side with a mentor teacher. This, in turn, will strengthen the “mentors” leadership and racial equity practices.

Click HERE to sign up as an apprentice or mentor teacher for the August 4th event .

docs.google.com Date: August 4, 2019 Location: New City School, 5209 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 Time: 3:00-5:00pm (Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early)

The summer of learning continues as ExpandED Equity Collaborative founder, Sherita Love has worked as one of the facilitators of the STEMpact Teacher Quality Institute with Washington University over the last two weeks!

Sherita and the STEMpact team have the pleasure of working with 100 educators from 16 districts across St. Louis City and County. The goal of the institute is to offer teachers ways to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into their teaching practice, inspiring the next generation of STEM capable students in the classroom, college and workforce.

Follow along on Twitter at @STEMpactSTL!


Teaching Tolerance Interviews Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility in the Classroom

“I think teachers are critical, and I think, regardless of intentions, when you have an overwhelmingly white teaching force—we have a very racially homogenous teaching force—you inevitably have the reproduction and the dissemination of racism and white supremacy, just by virtue of the homogeneity.

… We’ve grown up in segregation, we’ve never been taught or shown that to understand, much less have relationships across race, is something valuable. In fact, white people measure the value of our schools and neighborhoods by the absence of people of color”.

Robin DiAngelo sits down with Teaching Tolerance to discuss race, racism and education.

A must watch...and re-watch👇🏽

Teaching Tolerance talks with Robin DiAngelo, author of 'White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism', about her background as a ...

Forward Through Ferguson

Thanks to a coalition of 180 educators, state officials, legislators, and business leaders we’ve have seen some exciting progress on this week’s CTA! In 2017, this coalition, led by the work of the Missouri Association of School Administrator’s “Show-Me Task Force on Accreditation and Assessment,” began working to revise the Missouri public rating and accreditation system. They argued the current performance-based rating system disadvantages high poverty school districts and advocated for a new system that would give more credit to student growth over time. While the coalition’s proposed revisions to the accreditation system are attentive to income equity issues, what other revisions should be proposed that address race and health equity issues? https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-aims-for-more-equitable-way-to-grade-public-schools/article_0ef0e7e3-1890-5a97-a30b-84277768e300.html


Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism - Hosted by City Garden Montessori, Ju

Join Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training for their upcoming 2-day workshop!

Participants will explore the historical development of institutional racism in the US, investigate how racism is internalized by individuals, and examine how racism manifests in the policies, practices and culture of institutions.

Register now👇🏽

events.r20.constantcontact.com Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training will lead us through a workshop entitled 'Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism.' This two and a half day intensive workshop begins on Monday at 2 PM and ends on Wednesday at 5 PM. Please register only if you are able to commit to the ENTIRE two and....

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