Where do we start to do anti-racism work? What is the fault in picking sides? Are you comfortable and not opening yourself up to having the real, important conversations?
In this podcast episode, Billy and Brandy Eldridge speak to Monica and Ricky Washington about listening and learning about racism.
Meet Monica and Ricky Washington
Monica Washington is a solution designer and an instructional coach for BetterLesson, supporting teachers and other instructional coaches across the country as they make positive shifts in instruction and leadership. A decorated educator of twenty-two years, Monica has received honors and awards from a wide variety of organizations for her leadership, advocacy, and classroom instruction. She is a 2015 Milken Unsung Hero Fellow and a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. In addition to instructional coaching, Monica supports teachers through workshops, speaking engagements, and blogging for Education Week and Education Post. Her, “4 Things Great Principals Don’t Do,” was the most read and shared Education Week opinion post of 2017. She is passionate about creating equitable and inclusive school environments that celebrate teacher and student voice, and she serves as a Leading Educator Ambassador for Equity for the Education Civil Rights Alliance. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Education Association Foundation and The National Network of State Teachers of the Year. Monica is the 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year.
Ricky Washington is an educator of over 18 years. He has taught middle school language arts and social studies in Memphis City Schools, Texarkana Independent School District, and Queen City ISD. He is known for establishing positive relationships with students and families, and his goal is to create a classroom environment in which all students feel respected and heard.
In This Podcast
- Where do we start
- Picking sides
- Getting uncomfortable
Where do we start
Just listen. If you normally are in the blue room, go in the red room sometimes and look around and see what’s there. Pick up something you wouldn’t normally wouldn’t read, and read it.
People feel like they want to ask and want to do things but they don’t want to say the wrong thing. This, however, is a journey of learning, its a continuum, there is no workshop you can attend or one book you can read that will suddenly make you feel like you’ve got it.
- Have a conversation
- Step outside of your circle
- Challenge your own beliefs and surround yourself with people who have different beliefs
We think we have to pick a side, but sometimes there is beauty in the middle. When you look at the positives here and the positives there, and you stay in the middle, that’s where the work happens. It doesn’t happen by staying on one side with people who think what you think.
Good things come from getting uncomfortable. If we’re going to get uncomfortable about a topic, then why not this one?
Listen to understand, there are voices to be heard. As a human when people are hurting, just extend a hand.
Books mentioned in this episode
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Meet Billy Eldridge
Meet Billy, the resident beta male. For Billy, this is a place to hang out with other beta males and the people who love them. We’re redefining what beta males look like in the world. I have learned to embrace my best beta self, and I can help you to do the same. As a therapist, I understand the need to belong. You belong here. Join the REVOLUTION.
Meet Brandy Eldridge
Hello, Beta friends. I am an alpha personality who is embracing the beta way of life. I feel alive when connected with people, whether that is listening to their stories or learning about their passions. Forget small talk, let’s go deep together. Come to the table and let’s have some life-changing conversations.
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