Alt-text: Black man and Black woman embracing and smiling.

Only 156 years ago, the first celebration of “Jubilee Day” by freedmen in Texas happened.

Although I was born and raised in the South, I was not as familiar with Juneteenth until I began doing research on my own during my undergraduate studies. Having lived in Georgia almost all of my life, my appreciation for this holiday increased once I realized that we were not taught the truth in school. We were taught that the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people which is untrue. President Lincoln signing that document actually did not free enslaved people in the United States. In reality…


[Alt text] Image of two students of color looking at a computer with a male teacher of color observing. Photo from National Science Foundation.

Hey #CSed it's not the curriculum that can fix the inequity problems in our field. It is the adults in K12 computer science.

Within the last several months during pandemic teaching and learning, the word “equity” has been tossed around within so many educational circles, I feel like I have been on a continuously running teacups ride. Inequity in K12 schools has existed since their inception. And no, Brown vs Board of Education, or the ADA, or Civil Rights act, or most recently Equality Act, have not made inequities in our schools magically disappear, although sadly some people inside and…


Americans are familiar with tweets and posts. There is a crisis that occurs or tragedy and immediately our country’s leaders speak, tweet, and post: thoughts and prayers. Sadly, because the world is so broken and tragedies are happening more often than they should but the “thoughts and prayers” train always comes on time. Those words when tweeted out from American leaders have always rung so hollow for me and continue to do so to this day. It is a subtle form of gaslighting that attempts to make many people rationalize and accept as normal a terrible event or situation. Thoughts…


In the Classroom

Clammy palms. Nervousness. Increased heart rate. Prayer. As a former player and head basketball coach, this was my normal experience prior to games, especially the big ones. Most players and coaches have rituals and similar feelings before stepping on the court or field before a game or match. The anticipation and repetition of rituals for over 20 years in my life are unmatched except by my arrival to my classroom on the first day of school. The smell of a clean building, shiny hallway floors, stacks of paper, and opening a new Expo marker provide a feeling…


Every day on my drive to work, I almost look like I’m playing “Frogger” trying to actively avoid a large number of potholes in the streets near both of my schools. Some are deep and will damage my car, others smaller, but the cracks are visible and create a noticeable, uneven pavement that slows my driving. Some of the potholes have been on the roadways for months so I am prepared for them, while others pop up somewhat unexpectedly and I attempt to prevent damage to my car by swerving hopefully in the nick of time.

Unfortunately, I recently realized…


One of the “perks” (a term I type sarcastically) of my new job is my commute. My ride varies from 40 minutes on a good day to 1.5 on a bad day (which is more common). All that time spent in the car has led me to listening to more podcast while I commute. Recently I was listening to one of my new favorite podcast Modern Figures which is a podcast that is elevating the voices of Black women in computing. In the most recent Modern Figures Podcast episode featuring Nancy Douyon, I was fascinated with her story and sharing…


Today as I was pulling down my street, one of my neighbors just backed out of her driveway without looking and almost hit my car. I stopped in enough time and backed up, while I watched her continue to move backwards out of her driveway still completely unaware that she almost caused an accident. Not until she had completely backed out and actually looked around, did she notice that my car was there. She paused before putting her car into drive and slowly drove forward rolling down her window. I believe her intent was to apologize but she said, “I…


Should I lead, facilitate, or get out of the way?

Expert is a term often thrown around in variety of professional circles. In education and edutwitter world “expert” implies a variety of things and often is tossed around rather freely and sometimes brings along with it some pretentious behavior. I believe many individuals (especially in edutwitter land) have self-designated expert labels almost as similar to the hearing someone of referring to themselves in third person. Now when discussing someone in education who might be an “expert” of a edtech tool or teaching strategy it can be somewhat easier to quantify…


During the past several months, I’ve avoided most chats except the occasional pop in for a question or response that intrigued me. As I scrolled through Twitter last week, I stumbled upon a chat which posed a question about a favorite social justice lessons and I had to respond:

via Twitter

Did you know social justice is our educational system? Yes, our educational system is a embodiment of social justice. Social justice relates to how rights, privileges, money, and opportunities are distributed within a society. Education is a textbook example of social justice. Education is a civil right that all students have…


A song by Culture Club played during my last heavy set of deadlifts Saturday morning. You recognize the chorus of the song, right?:

“Do you want to hurt me, do you really want to make me cry”

Educational equity came to my mind as I listened to this song for probably the ten thousandth time. Instead of a song to a lover, I thought of it from the perspective of a student or entire class of students. Educational inequity manifests itself in a variety of ways that hurts and makes people want to cry. …

Shana V. White

Educator. Equity advocate. CS supporter. Race justice seeker. Purposefully disrupting the status quo in K12 education daily.

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