We speak with Dr. John Pascarella, Chief Academic Officer of K-12 Professional Learning at USC Race and Equity Center. The Center works with schools to identify disparate outcomes for students and strategies to eliminate them. Dr. Pascarella discusses the need for educators to stand up against systemic bias as it occurs in daily school life. He points out that we need to be aware that we are all inevitably involved in differential power relationships and offers suggestions for teachers engaging in ongoing self-reflection.
00:37-01:39 USC Race and Equity Center
01:39-03:49 What precipitates involvement with a district or school?
03:49-06:48 What happens when people from a school ask the Center for involvement?
06:48-10:53 Conditions for involvement
10:53-15:31 Defining implicit bias
15:31-17:52 Individual and systemic bias
17:52-23:57 Ways of addressing both individual and systemic bias
23:57-29:37 Strategies for working with teachers who are resistant
29:37-33:16 What happens when school leaders leave
33:16-37:02 Racial Equity Leadership Academy and COSAs project in LA Unified School District
37:02-41:41 Parent involvement
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USC Race & Equity Center website
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear