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It’s Cold Outside and Teachers are Feeling the Chilling Effects of State Laws about Critical Race Theory

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | December 30, 2021 |

It’s cold out outside and teachers are feeling the chilling effect from state laws being passed to curb teaching about systemic racism, according to a recent article published by Education Week. More specifically, thirteen states now have passed into law similarly but loosely worded bills that their authors say are intended to prevent teachers from indoctrinating students…

Critical Race Theory vs. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | December 20, 2021 |

Out of great concern for the inaccurate level of information being shared across the nation about how race and culture are being addressed in the classroom (or instructional levels), I have found it very much necessary for me to speak out about this topic directly and regularly. Relevant to this blog post, my interest is…

The Silent Killer: What WE Already Knew

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | March 28, 2020 |

During these times (out of an abundance of caution), we must maintain social distancing. In order to maintain our sanity we must connect to a higher being in a way that lifts our spirits, we must exercise so that we can continue to take care of ourselves and those that we love and must remain…

Happy New Year! Our Laser-Like 2020 Equity Focus

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 3, 2020 |

I want to take this opportunity to share with you information about what is occupying the greatest majority of my thinking at the start of this new year. I’ll begin by referring to a quote by Gloria Larson Billings. Dr. Billings shares with us that the goal of equitable education is not to help students…

So Much Testing Yet So Very Little Progress: What Educational Leaders Should Do About This

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | April 30, 2019 |

Students across the entire country are in the process of meeting their final standardized testing requirements for the school year. The intent of this blog post is to cause you to examine the extent to which you believe that requiring students to take more tests, has actually caused for statistically significant improvements in student achievement. My…

Equity in Education with Podcast Guest Dr. Nicholas Wahl

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | April 9, 2019 |

I am thrilled to share with you information about this week’s upcoming guest for my Podcast show entitled What’s Really Going On: A Spotlight on Solutions for Improving Student Achievement in America Schools. The Podcast will be released Monday, April 15th and shared on my website http://Sonyawhitaker.com as well as via social media. Dr. Wahl…

Empowerment Through STEM: Who Needs Empowerment?

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | April 7, 2019 |

Just over a week ago I had the very distinct honor of delivering a keynote presentation to over 60 School Boards in the great state of Illinois. The topic of the presentation was Empowerment Through STEM. The angle that I took as it relates to addressing the topic is one rarely taken, although there is…

Identify Your Why: It Will Keep You Going and Going Like the Energizer Battery

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | February 25, 2019 |

If you’ve been following me lately, you may be wondering “where in the world is Sonya’s energy coming from?” I wake up daily fully charged like my I-phone after being on the charger all night. I stay so charged that I do not drink caffeinated coffee because I wake up on “ten.” The waiters at…

Calling All Educators! Let’s Bury the Use of the Term Academic Achievement Gap

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 17, 2019 |

On this day, I am asking that we bury the use of the term academic achievement gap, or at the very least, use it in a more appropriate context. Like many, I have engaged in the process of discussing the difference in the achievement levels between students of color (which includes students from various linguistic backgrounds) and students experiencing…

A Response to The Article Entitled Teachers Go Public With Their Resignation Letters

By Dr. Sonya Whitaker | January 9, 2019 |

Included in this blog post is a link to the article entitled, Teachers Go Public With Their Letters of Resignation. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2017/04/why_do_teachers_quit_their_res.html?cmp=eml-contshr-shr This article was written in response to the thousands of letters of resignations written by teachers that have elected to leave the education profession entirely. This topic is of interest to me in particular…