Justice is found in the details of teaching and learning.™
At UnboundEd, our thought leadership lies in the intersection of the grade-level standards, content knowledge, aligned curriculum, and the equitable instructional practices essential for closing the opportunity gap caused by systemic bias and racism. We also believe that we are responsible for using our collective voice to shift mindsets that propel us to dismantle inequities within the education system.
It starts with us checking our beliefs and our actions and how they're amplified in our intentions. It continues with an intentional focus on equity instead of perpetuating the system of inequitable educational outcomes for our students. And we're here to talk about it.
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Professional Learning and Free Resources for Disrupting Systemic Racism
UnboundEd, a Carnegie Corporation of New York grantee, works to disrupt systemic racism in school systems by implementing high-quality instructional materials and closing pervasive opportunity gaps. Click to read more
As Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd, Lacey Robinson sets the vision for equity-driven national change as she carries generations of pride and tears of her enslaved ancestors along with the native sons and daughters of this sacred land. While keeping an eye on the design, delivery, and quality of all the organization’s antiracist work, she ensures UnboundEd’s health, sustainability and future-driven vision for what teaching and learning can be in the 21st century.
From the organization’s infancy, in the role of Chief of Program and Engagement, Robinson engaged with industry partners to support standards-aligned, content-focused, equity-driven adult professional learning and development. While supporting vital design and execution elements for UnboundEd’s signature professional learning opportunity, the industry-leading Standards Institute, Robinson contributed to the rapid growth of an organization respected for its national programs and customized professional learning for K-12 educators, work that pivoted online during the pandemic to meet the specific needs of educators.
As a teacher, principal, and staff development specialist, Robinson maintained a focus on literacy, equity, and school leadership for more than two decades. Her life’s work aims to help educators in school systems disrupt systemic racism and all of its legacies in classrooms. Inspired by Langston Hughes, her path is to build temples for tomorrow, strong and brave as she knows how, and to ensure that future generations can stand free within themselves to be whomever they choose to be. As CEO, she pursues this passion by leading an organization known for the highest integrity in professional development experiences; experiences which honor us all as professionals in educating our nation’s children, and in leading the schools that serve them.
Rolanda Baldwin has worked in mathematics education for nearly 2 decades as a middle and high school math teacher, a math instructional coach, and a math curriculum coordinator at Guilford County Schools in North Carolina. She began her career at UnboundEd as a math specialist before transitioning to the math director role. Currently, as vice president of mathematics, Rolanda coordinates development across all UnboundEd math programs. Rolanda also contributes to organizational strategy, cross-functional workstreams, and external partnerships. She is passionate about everyone being a “math person” and is committed to influencing the systems and structures to support educators in providing grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful math instruction.
Brandon White is a former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. As a student, Brandon found that he could connect with the instruction through the language and culture of hip-hop; as an educator, he would provide cultural relevance and responsiveness through pedagogy and content. As an ELA specialist, Brandon selects, adapts, and sequences open educational resources, as well as supports the creation of professional development materials and resources. In addition to providing these elements via traditional school settings, he has worked for seven years as a servant leader intern and site coordinator for Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Literacy Programs located in Rochester. He has also advocated for these practices through his participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council and through providing professional development at BMGF-sponsored Elevate and Celebrate Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) Conferences.
Alice Wiggins is a passionate educator with a keen interest in equitable instruction that bridges the research to practice gap. Her research and writing includes the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook; Scaffolding With Storybooks: A Guide for Enhancing Young Children’s Language; An investigation of four hypotheses concerning the order by which 4-year-old children learn the alphabet letters; and Literacy Achievement and Assessment in Emergent Literacy. In previous roles Alice was responsible for ELA partner engagement work, curriculum development, and supporting professional development programs for the Standards Institute. Alice has close to 30 years of experience applying instructional design principles and adult learning theory to the development of training and development materials across various domains. As vice president, instructional design & products, Alice focuses on ensuring cohesive instructional design across all of our products and offerings--including alignment to our organizational vision and approach. Alice’s interests and expertise in education are enhanced by her 15 years as a consultant and project manager in the private sector.
A career educator, Andrea Hancock has served in several capacities within the district where she was educated during her formative years: Baltimore City Public Schools. Andrea worked as an elementary school teacher, instructional coach, principal, network lead, and instructional leadership executive director charged with supervising principals across a network of PreK-8 schools. Andrea transitioned from the district to lead the Baltimore division of the Emerging Leaders Program at New Leaders and served as an advisor for the Transforming Teams program. Currently, Andrea is the deputy chief, program design & development at UnboundEd, overseeing the staff who design and develop the cohort, math, ELA, leadership, and teacher prep programs. Andrea also supports organizational strategy, cross-functional workstreams, and external partnerships. Andrea holds a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and was a member of the Baltimore New Leaders Principal Program, Cohort 6.
Justice in the Details - Lacey Robinson and Brandon White
Footlocker and Fridays - Lacey Robinson
The Complexion of Teaching and Learning, Episode 1 - Brandon White
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