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Dr. Kimberly McLeod

Stories by Dr. Kimberly

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What If We Treated School Bias & Inequity Like a Virus?

If bias and inequity were treated like a virus, a contagion that spreads from person to person without regard to race, religion, income, learning difference, language, accent, and residence would schools be different?

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Top 5 Signs You Need a Personal Renewal

Welp. The scale is not a liar. When did your clothes stop fitting? Where did that extra weight come from? Why won’t it just go away? Stress eating, binge eating, pot luck eating, snack eating, fancy eating, just eating up any and everything. You’re not even hungry. You’re just eating to be eating. You need a new start.

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Top 5 Signs You’re Overwhelmed as a Principal

You don’t walk the halls anymore. You know that you should be visible, but if you leave the fire you are currently putting out, the building may burn down. Not just one room in the building, the entire building! The minute you put that fire out, you discover the embers from that fire started another one that is blazing right behind you. Sign number one that you are overwhelmed as a principal is that you are always in crisis mode and not in creation mode. No one can thrive in a building that is constantly in crisis, day after day; year after year and fire after fire.

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Teaching “Those Kids”

3 Easy Signs to Identify “Those Kids” in a Deficit Mindset Culture

Who are “those kids”? They are the love interest of a deficit mindset culture. They are the kids that never seem to “fit in”. They are group of kids that schools get frustrated with the most in every kind of imaginable way and the data reflects that frustration. When you see a child and you are only able to see the negative attributes about them, or you are unable to see them beyond typical stereotypes or biases.

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Why Lie - When the Truth Will Do

#CulturalWakeUP

I know many would like to believe that racial bias doesn’t exist or completely deny that there are prejudiced systems and people. However, it’s a lie. It’s a lie that plays dress up and pretends to be truth. What happens when people don’t want to pretend anymore?

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The Needle in the Haystack

Some leaders will search for the needle in the haystack – and find it! Others will take an entire haystack and spin it into gold. Many students are like the straws of hay, a potential untouched clearly sitting in front of an academic leader searching for a needle in a haystack. Discarding hay into other piles, drop out piles, under achieving piles, special education piles, suspension piles, irrelevant piles, don’t know what to do with piles, while searching for that needle in a bushel of hay. Chances are, as you read this, you may have been that straw of hay in someone else’s hand. What is your testimony?

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Back to School and Back to Gaps

Learning Gaps are the direct result of Teaching Gaps

When the bell rings on the first day of school, so do gaps in achievement. Many will begin school for the first time believing they are quite capable of achieving respectable outcomes, however, as the year progresses so will reality, so will dysfunctional beliefs and so will gaps in achievement. The “many” I’m referring to are teachers and teacher leaders.

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3 Ways to Identify and Survive a Culture of Deficit Thinking

Beating the Dysfunction of Ineffective Beliefs

Deficit model thinking is an assumption that systemically marginalized or racialized people, especially students of color and low-income students are culturally deprived and their life experience, academic potential and ability are incongruent with school culture and success.

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Three Ways Every Teacher Can Deliver Culturally Conscious Instruction

Creating culturally conscious practices in the classroom is a process that develops better humans; humans that are both students, and teachers.

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5 Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator

Culturally unconscious teachers don’t know that they are in a state of cultural comatose. They are completely unaware that any deficits or biases exist in their world

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5 Symptoms of a Culturally Unconscious Educator

Wake up & Resist the Temptation to Go Back to Sleep!

Culturally unconscious teachers don’t know that they are in a state of cultural comatose. They are completely unaware that any deficits or biases exist in their world, including their teaching world. They are sweet, well-intentioned people that cause academic harm because they are completely unaware that their very own unconscious behaviors may be a contributing factor to teaching and learning achievement gaps. 5 symptoms of the culturally unconscious:

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Just Rude or is it Racist?

Have you seen the video yet of a university student waiting to see an academic advisor? Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Then, on camera, being told that waiting to see an advisor was “harassment” accompanied

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Racist or Just Rude?

Have you seen the video yet? A university student waiting to see an academic advisor. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Then, on camera, being told that waiting to see an advisor was “harassment” accompanied with a threat to call campus security.

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You've Been Conned, Hoodwinked, Bamboozled & Led Astray! There's NO Such Thing as Race!

There is no such thing as race. At least not in the way we are conditioned to believe and understand race. When a human being is formed inside of the womb certain biological phenomena unfold.

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Pencils Before Bullets

Improving the Life Gap by Beating the Achievement Gap

How do you graduate from school and flunk in life? How is it that you can read and write, but can’t fight life’s strife?

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You've Been Conned, Hoodwinked, Bamboozled & Led Astray! There's NO Such Thing as Race!

If you close your eyes and ears and listen with your heart, you’ll have to teach me with your belief in humanity and that’s where vision starts.

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Changing the Poverty of the Pocket, with the Wealth of the Mind

What does wealth have to do with it? Equal is NOT equal.

Looks may be deceiving, and all words don't speak truth, Be a vigilant learner because misguided knowledge will turn on you.

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Desperately Seeking Self - The Liberation of Academic Oppression

Liberating the Academically Oppressed through Cultural Responsiveness

Imagine having natural born talent, skill, desire and unlimited potential, but unable to release...

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You've Been Conned, Hoodwinked, Bamboozled & Led Astray! There's NO Such Thing as Race!

Closing the Belief Gap, Closes the Racial Gap in Academic Achievement

There is no such thing as race. At least not in the way we are conditioned to believe and understand race.

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Beautiful Black Child - You've been Miseducated!

Beautiful black child, you’ve been miseducated. You had a history, impact and presence long, long before slavery. You had identity, purpose, brilliance, prominence, majesty and ingenuity before slavery, during slavery and right now – this very moment. Your history is one of resiliency, determination, courage and genius. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of your history. Learn it and understand it. Allow the truth in who you are and where you are, to occupy the same space at the same time. It will empower you.

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Stop “Reforming” the Learner of African Descent!

Enough of “Turning Coal into Diamonds”

Stop trying to turn coal into diamonds! Coal, as coal itself has an identity, value and purpose. Diamonds are pretty, exquisite, rare and valuable; but coal is a natural fuel that generates electricity, steel production, cement manufacturing and can be used as a liquid fuel. So why this obsession with reforming schools and children by claiming we can turn “Coal into Diamonds”? As if coal being coal is a bad thing with no value or purpose.

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Living in the Silver Lining

Living in the Silver Lining

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Understanding Cultural Responsiveness is Not the Same as Being Culturally Responsive

Understanding Cultural Responsiveness is Not the Same as Being Culturally Responsive

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Stop Making Excuses for Black Student Performance!

African-American students have been underperforming in the school system for so long, it has become a repugnant and acceptable expectation. Gaps exist and have existed for as long as Black students have been in public education. Research and common sense both confirm that the human anatomy and the biology of the human brain has the capacity to learn. We know this. We know that without a high quality and rigorous educational experience, there exists cycles of poverty, school to prison pipelines, poor health, poor lifestyle decisions, and worst of all a loss of hope.

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From “Show Me the MONEY” to “Show Me the RESULTS of the MONEY”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2012, 21% of school age children in the United States were in families living in poverty. For African-American children, 39% were living in poverty. Regrettably, significantly higher than the national average. The poverty rate for white children was 13% and for Hispanic children it was 33%. What does this mean? It means children of color are at a high risk of not graduating from High School. A child that does not have a high school diploma will find it extremely difficult to break a cycle of poverty. Additionally, since 85% of all juveniles who come into contact with the juvenile court system are functionally literate, there is even a greater chance they will end up traveling along the school to prison pipeline.