Equity & Inclusion Newsletter

A Monthly Communication: September 2020, Staff Edition

Teacher in Residence for Diversity and Cultural Competency: Introduction

Hello! My name is Dr. Erin Birden and I come to this position with a ton of passion for this work. I strive to be an anti-bias and anti-racist educator, and also understand that this requires true, lifelong commitment. I will soon be sharing some of the ways in which I can collaborate with you this year as our district furthers our commitment to equity, inclusivity, diversity, and cultural competency in all we do.

A bit about who I am...

  • Prior to this role, I served as a Grade 2 classroom teacher at Long Meadow Elementary School and have recently earned a doctorate in Instructional Leadership. There, my research focused on the nature of courage in classrooms.
  • I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and emphasize that I come to this work with a profound sense of humility, and a vigilant awareness of the limitations of my perspective and my social identities. I'll be working constantly on raising my own critical consciousness and I hope you will join me in ever-widening our worldviews.

  • I recognize the magnitude of the profession of education, and believe wholeheartedly that we teach humanity first and foremost.

The Roots of This Work

Each edition, I will offer up a read, a watch, and a listen to collectively continue our learning:

I'd love to work with you!

The Teacher in Residence for Diversity and Cultural Competency role is new this year and I am here primarily to support you, our staff and students! I look forward to connecting with you.

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Please reach out!

Email: ebirden@region15.org

Follow on socials:

Instagram: r15equity_inclusion

Twitter: r15equity

*Note: Quotation above (c) 2019 CLC Collective and Dottir Press

At the end, I'll always share some upcoming, free professional learning opportunities: