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What Do Coaches Do? Advocating for Equity with Dr. Lindsey Wilson, Ep. 121 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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As an instructional coach, one of the most important things you can do is advocate for equity in your school. But what does that look like in practice?

On episode 121 of The Coaching Podcast, Dr. Lindsey Wilson joins me to discuss advocating for equity in schools. She’s an author, trainer, and speaker on topics of diversity and equity. Her work focuses on helping organizations and schools understand equity and their role in system changes.

Dr. Wilson shares on the show how we can advocate for students from our positions as instructional coaches. She has a lot of great ideas about making our voices heard and how to ensure that all students have an equal chance of succeeding.

During the episode, we discuss that equity is about understanding the unique needs of each of our students and their families, and meeting those needs. She provides examples of what equity work looks like at different levels and discusses challenges schools face when making positive changes toward more equitable practices.

Instructional coaches play a vital role in advocating for equity. Dr. Wilson offers tips for how we can start conversations about equity at our school. She also shares the four concepts of her equity framework of change and what it looks like in practice. This insightful episode will leave you inspired to be an agent of change in your school! Don’t miss it!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode – What Do Coaches Do? Advocating for Equity with Dr. Lindsey Wilson

  • What is equity
  • The difference between equity and equality
  • Providing each student with what they need and how that looks different for every learner
  • Her research on fathers
  • What equity work looks like at the early childhood level
  • Why schools need to talk about equity and the inequities that exist
  • Social-emotional learning
  • How inequitable practices negatively impact students learning and what coaches can do to help
  • Representation of all students and their experiences in the classroom
  • Planning learning activities that tap into student’s knowledge and allow them to shine
  • Inequitable practices that affect teachers negatively
  • Creating a more inclusive classroom and school community
  • The role of instructional coaches in advocating for equity
  • Common challenges when schools make positive changes toward more equitable practices
  • The four concepts of her equity framework of change and what it looks like in schools
  • Talking about differences with children
  • Reshaping the conversation about equity
  • What coaches can do when we see inequity or bias
  • The importance of disaggregating data into sub-populations and how to use this information to start conversations on campus
  • Microaggressions – what they are, what they may look like in schools, and how to talk to kids and teachers about them

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