Our Defining US network of educators are providing much needed clarity for unity, healing, and hope in our nation. These experts, a part of America’s classroom, an inclusive community classroom without walls, are leading the way for all of us to listen, learn, and act. We proudly share the most recent work and accomplishments of these important voices that are educating our hearts and our minds for a better tomorrow.
We are excited to spread the word about this latest endeavor from Tim and our friends at UNITE. The Call to Unite book holds stories and wisdom for all of us as we look to be inspired, heal, and move toward a better and more united future. Visit Tim’s page at our Defining US site to learn more about the work he has been leading to bridge divides and to purchase your own personal copy of the book filled with “voices of hope and awakening”.
Dr. Sharon Contreras
We were thrilled to see Guilford County School Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras’ work featured in the AASA’s (American Association of School Superintendents) March edition of School Administrator magazine. Her article, Equity Warriors, part of the edition’s special focus on racial equity in education, highlights how Guilford gave “systemic attention” to the problem of racial inequity district-wide. Their listening and learning sessions led to the creation and adoption of their strategic plan, “Ignite Learning”; recommendations for building support for equity work are also included in the article. Thanks for sharing your expertise with all of us Dr. Contreras.
Dr. Tyrone C. Howard
Many have been impressed by the thoughtful and impactful work of Dr. Tyrone Howard, Director/Founder of the Black Male Institute at The University of California, Los Angeles. Long considered an influential expert in education, most especially in access and opportunities for male students of color, Dr. Howard received another nod for the work he champions each day. He is one of 22 scholars recently elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Education. Elected “on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education”, Dr. Howard joins colleagues from the U.S. and around the world, advancing the conversation to find solutions for education’s “most pressing issues”. Please follow this link to read more about this honor.
Chief Art Acevedo
One of our documentary expert educator voices beyond the classroom walls is Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Chief Acevedo has long been a proponent of relational policing and has a career that spans from Los Angeles to Austin to Houston and soon to be Miami, Florida. We were so happy to hear that Chief Acevedo will soon lead the City of Miami as their new Chief of Police. Though we know Houston will miss his presence and the heart and passion he displays for his officers and his community, we also believe that he will bring that same spirit to his new hometown. Follow the link to listen to the press conference announcing this new position. Congratulations again Chief Acevedo!