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Jessica Anderson & Justin Toomer

Jessica Anderson is an equity strategist, creative entrepreneur, and Marketing Project Manager at Education Elements. Prior to joining Education Elements Jessica has worked with non-profits, academic institutions, and creative brands to promote equity and social justice with an imaginative approach. A Truman Scholar, Jessica holds a B.A. in African & African American studies from Stanford University with a dual focus in education policy & identity, diversity and aesthetics. She has spent time teaching at the middle and high school level in South Africa and has worked with organizations like the Children's Defense Fund, Mikva Challenge and The Resilience Project to advocate for Black and Brown children and innovate education. When she is not writing and working toward educational equity, you can find her singing about social justice under the alias “Jessica Lá Rel”. You can find more about her work at jessicalarel.com

Justin Toomer is a Design Principal at Education Elements, working with the Design & Implementation team to help districts and their schools around the country improve their student growth and success. A first-generation college graduate, he began his teaching career in Colorado with an intention to increase the opportunities for all students to access a quality and equitable academic experience. He has experienced success working in independent, public, and charter schools; and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level. After teaching, Justin took an administrative position as Dean of Students at the Denver School of Science and Technology, where he set and led the school’s vision for its culture, support, and accountability systems. He has provided Personalized Learning consulting services with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Kansas State Department of Education, Corcoran Unified School District, and Fresno Unified School District.

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Communication  |  Equity  |  Teachers  |  Virtual Learning

12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Can Say To Students In The New School Year

As school returns, we know this year presents unique challenges and changes to both educators and students. With such change, it may be especially difficult to communicate with students. While your intentions may be good, sometimes the impact of what we say can have unintended consequences. Consider some of these alternatives to have the impact you wish to have to start the year on a strong note.

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