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Season 2, Episode 16 - Teach & Learn

Actionable Insights to Improve Equality in Education with Daysha Jackson-Sanchez

In this episode of the Teach and Learn podcast, Dr. Emma Zone shares the virtual classroom with Daysha Jackson-Sanchez, the VP of Equity Solutions at Lumen Learning. Together, they talk about how to identify and eliminate systemic barriers in education to make learning more equitable for all learners.

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Introduction to theme and guest


Who is Dr. Emma Zone


What is equity-centered education


Why opportunity is not always equitable


The opportunity divide and how to bridge the gap


How to elevate student voices


Identify and rectify inequities


Personalized outreach and equity-centered education


Lumen Learning and Daysha’s role as VP of Equity Solutions


Key takeaway


Additional resources

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 16 of Teach & Learn: A Podcast for Curious Educators, brought to you by D2L. Hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford and Dr. Emma Zone from the Academic Affairs team. The podcast features candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We discuss trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

We have a collective responsibility and an obligation to work toward making education equitable for all learners period. Wouldn’t this world be a better place if anyone who desires to learn, regardless of gender, religion, race, location, socioeconomics, and the like, could access high-quality education? Of course. What if the words ‘opportunity’ and ‘divide’ never had to be paired together? We’d all be better for it.  

While we can strive to make things better on a global scale, there are actionable steps we can take to make our classrooms more equitable today.  

In this episode of Teach & Learn, Daysha Jackson-Sanchez provides insights on: 

  • How equity translates into greater individual student success and its ripple effect 
  • What we can do to bridge the opportunity divide 
  • What to consider when thinking about equity   
  • What we can do to even the playing field today 


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