[EDEQUITY WEEA Project Dialogue ]Question on self-evaluation

From: Mary White (mwhite@pv.wesd.k12.az.us)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 15:32:33 EST

I, too, enjoyed the opening descriptions and want to add to Jill's second
question. I'm particularly interested in work that others have done with
climate issues. Diana mentioned an equity climate self-evaluation. I'd like

to know more about that, and I'd like to ask others if they've used any
other methods to measure and analyze the classroom, school, or
institutional climate on equity issues. Thanks! --Mary

Mary Aleta White, Ph.D.
Director - Project EAGLES
602.347.2545 (voice)
602.347.2520 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: "Jill Denner"@phoenix.edc.org [SMTP:"Jill Denner"
Subject:[EDEQUITY] Reaction to opening statements

I enjoyed reading the program descriptions of the other people on the panel
for this week's discussion by WEEA grantees. I want to respond to two
issues that came up for me as I read the opening remarks. I am interested
in reactions from the panelists, as well as from others.

First, Carmen Delgado Contreras mentioned that there is not always equity
WITHIN genders. I think this is an important point. In our afterschool
leadership program, we also notice that girls come to our program with a
range of experience talking about equity and taking on leadership. We have
tried to acknowledge the range of skills and experiences, and frame
leadership as NOT just about being assertive, but also about listening,
learning from others, and supporting each other. We are aware that in some
cultures, people lead quietly. I wonder how others have dealt with this
variation within gender?

Second, I would like to hear more about how other programs have dealt with
the "equity awareness" issue. Do people find that it is important to FIRST
raise awareness before the issue can be addressed? Are people finding
resistance to the idea that there is a NEED to address educational equity?
I would like to hear more about the "Exploring Your Options" program (that
Diana Melvin described) and how they get people to think about classroom

Jill Denner, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
ETR Associates (Education, Training, Research)
PO Box 1830
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830
831-438-4060 x264
831-438-3577 fax

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