Past Events - PittEd Justice Collective

Equity, Antiracism, and Remote Teaching and Learning Strategies

Thursday, August 13, 2020
10:15am - 11:30am 

This engaging session was for teachers, education leaders, families, and school and community partners preparing to return to school under different spatial circumstances and learning conditions, given the COVID-19 and racism pandemics. Panelists will include Dr. Tinukwa Boulder, Director of Innovative Technologies and Online Learning, and Associate Professor of Practice in the Pitt School of Education; Dr. Detra Price-Dennis, Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; Dr. Sharon Ross, Assistant Professor in Health and Human Development in the Pitt School of Education; and Dr. Cassie Quigley, Associate Professor of Science Education in the Pitt School of Education. Dean Valerie Kinloch served as moderator.

Virtual Summer Series on Justice - July 2020

View the program flyer for more information (PDF)​

The PittEd Justice Collective teamed up with Transform for Tomorrow to offer a three-part virtual series for superintendents and school leaders in K-16 education. The virtual series was presented in collaboration with the Grable Foundation, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and Remake Learning

Part 1: Justice Learning and Leading

In part one of the three-part series, we focus on anti-racist approaches to leading and learning by reflecting on how our current moment is embedded within histories of racism and educational disparities. Then, we will explore equity- and justice-centered strategies education leaders can use to support teachers, students, families, and other learning stakeholders during these current racism and health pandemics. Participants also learned more about the new “PittEd Justice Collective.”

Speakers: Dr. Lori Delale-O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Education at the School of Education; Mr. Dennis Henderson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Manchester Academic Charter School; and Dr. Linda Lane, Former Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public School District

Moderator: Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean 

Part 2: Justice Teaching in STEM

In part two of the three-part series, we focus on anti-racist approaches to teaching by sharing student and teacher perspectives of Social Justice Mathematics, Science, and STEM teacher activism. It will take a deep dive into how education leaders can support teachers to use social justice mathematics and science, and what these approaches mean for justice teaching. Examples of strategies for implementation from their hands-on experiences as STEM teachers, coaches, professors, and/or as organizers will be shared.

Speakers: Dr. Kari Kokka, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education; Michelle Cody, middle school mathematics teacher at Willie Brown Middle School in San Francisco, CA; and Dr. ReAnna S. Roby, Postdoctoral Scholar with a focus on Black girls and women in science education, maker spaces, and other settings at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Moderator: Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean 

Part 3: Justice Listening and Strategizing

In the final part of the three-part series, a panel of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students shared their reactions to how educational inequities impact learning. Through an antiracist approach, they shared stories about what they want from schools, what they think about learning, and what education leaders need to do to redesign learning spaces that center the perspectives of students, families, and communities.

Moderators: Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean and Dr. Tyra Good, Assistant Professor in Education, Chatham University and Founder and Chief Academic consultant, GOOD Knowledge Connections, LLC