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Practitioner’s Perspective – Mental Wellness for Teachers and Students (Marianna Stepniak)

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Content Specialist Marianna Stepniak describes MAEC’s work in developing mental wellness resources and underscores the value of incorporating social-emotional learning alongside academic learning.   Where did the idea for MAEC’s mental wellness resources come from? We first started discussing our mental wellness resources in June 2020. That month, it felt like everything came to a… Read More »

MAEC Internship – Vo Ram Yoon

MAEC has been lucky to have a thriving internship program with dedicated, enthusiastic interns who share our passion for education equity. In fact, some have permanently joined our MAEC team full time! We interviewed previous MAEC intern Vo Ram Yoon on what education equity means to him and his experience here at MAEC. Vo now… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective – Equitable Leadership for Superintendents (Daryl Williams)

Daryl Williams

MAEC’s Dr. Daryl Williams reflects on the need for equity-centered leadership and the three necessary components for working toward equity in a school district.   Tell us about the importance of providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training for superintendents and district leaders.   Many superintendents are being called upon to create diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective: The Need for Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

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MAEC’s Senior Equity Specialist, Nyla Bell, reflects on her experiences with culturally responsive teaching practices and makes the case for the need to incorporate culturally responsive pedagogy in all schools.   How does culturally responsive pedagogy support students of color? To quote Gloria Ladson-Billings, culturally responsive teaching is just good teaching. One major reason why culturally… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective: Data Collection in a Post-COVID World

Kasia Razynska

MAEC’s Director of Evaluation, Kasia Razynska, examines how her work has changed during COVID-19, identifies her concerns for the 2021-2022 school year, and makes the case for a new system of data collection and analysis in K-12 schools.   How did your work change during COVID-19? In the past two years, some of the academic… Read More »

MAEC’s Reads: September 2021

Welcoming the new school means welcoming more opportunities to learn, grow, and read! MAEC staff is committed to excellence and equity, at work and beyond. Reading helps us to explore our content areas and strengthen our capacity to be the best leaders and organizers we can be.  We will post new lists over time, and… Read More »

MAEC’s Reads: July 2021

Summer, spring, winter, fall – we love to read all year round! When we’re not hard at work with MAEC, you can find us with our noses in books to learn how to become the best equity leaders and organizers we can be. We will post new lists over time, and we welcome your suggestions.… Read More »

MAEC’s Reads: May 2021

It’s no surprise that so many of us love to read. After all, we are advocates for learning! Each month, our staff discusses the books we are reading. These books (listed below) help us think about how to best fulfill the mission of MAEC and how to become the best leaders we can be. We will post new lists over time,… Read More »

MAEC Employee Spotlight: Interview with Maria Del Rosario (Charo) Basterra

Charo Basterra

Goodbye & Thank You, Charo!  MAEC says, “gracias y adios” to one of our long-term English Learners aficionados. Read a segment of Charo’s interview here: Interviewer: 28 years is a long time to work anywhere! What kept you at MAEC? Charo: I have asked that question myself many times. I think that having independence to… Read More »

National Literacy Month

In November 2020, MAEC celebrated National Literacy Month by asking MAEC staff to recommend their favorite equity books. Check out their book recommendations below:   Charo Basterra Mira Best Dannele Ferreras Carol Gant Kim Grossett Young-chan Han Michelle Nutter Earnest Offley Jenny Portillo Mariela Puentes Kasia Razynska Karmen Rouland  Phoebe Schlanger Susan Shaffer  Marianna Stepniak and… Read More »

The MAEC blog is designed to engage hearts and minds of school and district leaders across the country to engage in issues that you have identified as being essential in education. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

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