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In the 2019-2020 school year, the Vermont Principals’ Association convened school leaders for a two-year-long exploration of educational equity. Year one of the initiative included individual and peer group coaching as a key support and space for inquiry. I acted as Lead Coach, providing coaching to eight practitioners - principals, a counselor, a classroom teacher, and a Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Throughout this engagement, I tracked the practices that enable educators to examine and disrupt whiteness as it operates within ourselves, our relationships, and our schools. This paper explores the elements of racial equity coaching and facilitation that help create the conditions for white educators to examine and disrupt white supremacy culture in their practice without the emotional labor of and harm to Black Indigenous People of Color?

(See for a 10-minute video overview of this Capstone, starting at 5:45)

Program Director

Matt Kolan, Ph.D

Professional Affiliate Coach

Heather Laine Talley, Ph.D.

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