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Be Transparent and Take Action

By Angela Langlands
Be Transparent and Take Action

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for Principals’ Training Center (PTC) professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In her Pearl, Angela encourages educators to “be the Pied Piper of the inclusivity you want to see at your school.” She shares her personal experiences as a parent and an educator as a call to action, using her mistakes and learnings to encourage five simple actions:

1.    Start by evaluating your own implicit biases
2.    Model inclusive language
3.    Value names and pronouns
4.    Acknowledge intersectionality
5.    Apologize

She asks us to imagine the ripple effect if we are “transparent and take action rather than pay lip service to DEIJ work.”

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.

Angela Langlands is a third-grade teacher and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice teacher lead at the Western Academy of Beijing, China.


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