(R)evolutionize Relationships

A panel conversation hosted by Ed Trust and the New Teacher Center

Recorded August 12th, 2020

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Kez Echols

Rising 9th grader, EmpowerEd member



Trey Cunningham

Rising high-school Senior, Policy Council member



Chrystal Seawood

Humanities teacher



Johnathon Rudat




Nancy Duchesneau

Ed Trust, P-12 Data and Policy Analyst



Atyani Howard

Chief Program Officer, New Teacher Center



Tani Reed Marshall, Moderator

The Education Trust, Director P-12 Practice



Erika Reese, Host

Vice President, Equity and Learning, New Teacher Center


(R)evolutionize School Reopening

A panel conversation hosted by EdTrust and the New Teacher Center

During this (R)evolution Campaign panel discussion, we explored our collective opportunity to revolutionize relationships in education.

Some key themes are included below:

You Can’t be Disruptive Without Being Out of Order

  • Disrupt the idea that we have to focus so much on student behavior — checklists enforcing certain student behavior are barriers to relationships, optimal learning environments, and learning.
  • Students feel we shouldn’t shy away from discussions about different races and cultures, and teachings should include how social justice efforts have evolved for different people.
  • Disrupt the idea that whiteness is standard/dominant — teach lessons that have kids examine this in history and through today.


Feelings Matter

  • Teachers, be a fly on the wall – whatever is most engaging to students, will win their attention – so consider crafting lessons that speak to the those conversations and interests you keep hearing students talk about amongst themselves 
  • In this entirely new school year, students acknowledge that they will make mistakes, and what will help them is patience, communication, and the encouragement that they can push through because they are smart
  • With unyielding love for their child – parents and guardians are a power source to tap into. Ally with parents/guardians, and position yourself as in service to your students; ask parents/guardians: what are your hopes and dreams for your child, and how can I make those dreams a reality this year?

Let Go of the Idea of Catching Up

  • Learning loss is real, but a battery of assessments is not the right start to the new school year—considering leveraging the data that you already have to get started.
  • Resist the urge to plan out the finer details of your first semester – take some time in the beginning of the school year to get to know your students, see what they respond to, and plan your approach accordingly.
  • Let go of the idea of “catching up.” It’s not about catching up, it’s about engaging students in a new way that aligns with them and their needs, and gets them excited and invested in their own learning. 

Tune into the webinar to hear more — including teacher Chrystal Seawood describe the engaging lessons she developed after being a “fly on the wall” — from examining the racial makeup and implications of the NFL, to the future of feminism through the lens of Cardi B.