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June 08th 2015:Introducing Social Justice in School

Are you a teacher? A parent? A student? A lover of equity and social justice? This episode is for you! "Introducing Social Justice in School", will walk listeners through the process and lessons learned from a 10+ year journey to bring social justice to the awareness and then curriculum of an elementary school in Los Angeles, CA. Our guests, first grade teacher Taylor Parker and school administrator Cat Ramos will discuss their personal and then programmatic commitment to creating curriculum and a school culture that are becoming a model for social justice-minded educators across the country

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Catherine Ramos

Catherine Ramos is a progressive, arts and social justice educator, and the Elementary School Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, in Santa Monica, CA. Dedicated to SPEAKING UP AGAINST BIAS, Cat is a relentless researcher, collaborator and advocate for addressing RACE, IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE and ACTION. Beginning with the selection of six ALL-SCHOOL READS focusing on four anti-bias domains, and introducing teachers and administrators to the Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework and the Perspectives for a Diverse America literacy-based curriculum, XRDS embarked on a yearlong, K-5 Social Justice exploration. Cat began her
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Taylor Parker

Taylor Parker is a first grade teacher at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, in Santa Monica, CA. Dedicated to learning through play, Taylor – or “Tay Tay” as her kids call her – is a gregarious teacher who believes that the practical study of kindness is fundamentally the most important piece of a school’s curriculum. A founding member of Crossroad’s J.A.I.D. (Justice, Action, Identity, Diversity) Committee, Taylor’s lifelong goal is to create and implement lessons that encourage young people to begin to think about who they are, what their place in the world is, and what they can do to make change. Taylorbegan her career studying theatre and improvisational comedy, two crafts undoub
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