Maintaining an Equity Focus During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 5, 2021

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:

  1. How have you been using student-centered techniques during the pandemic to address social injustices in your school community?
  2. As an educator committed to student-centered learning and social justice, what have been your greatest challenges this year?
  3. What advice would you give other educators or school leaders working during the COVID-19 pandemic while trying to promote greater equity?

Download a transcript of the video.

Learn more about Arria Coburn and Ellen Foley and their work as part of the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship.

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