Principal Arria Coburn and classroom teacher, Ellen Foley, sat down with us to reflect and discuss what it’s been like to keep schools and classrooms student-centered and focused on producing and sustaining equitable outcomes.
Arria Coburn is a principal of the Springfield Renaissance School, a 6-12 EL Education School in Springfield, Massachusetts. She’s serving her sixth year as principal and in her 14th year in education. Ellen Foley is a classroom educator in her eighth-year teaching. She teaches mathematics at 360 High School, a mastery-based school located in Providence, Rhode Island.
They answer three questions:
- How have you been using student-centered techniques during the pandemic to address social injustices in your school community?
- As an educator committed to student-centered learning and social justice, what have been your greatest challenges this year?
- What advice would you give other educators or school leaders working during the COVID-19 pandemic while trying to promote greater equity?