Creating a Culture of Honor in Education: An Interview with Andratesha Fritzgerald

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About The Guest(s): Andratesha Fritzgerald is the founder and lead consultant of Building Blocks of Brilliance Educational Consulting Firm. As an international speaker, Fritzgerald exhibits an audacious perseverance that calls organizations to evolve into inclusive antiracist safe zones for all learners. With over twenty years in education, she has served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, administrator, and director. Her award-winning book Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success (CAST, 2020) has been a catalyst for UDL to ensure safety and radical inclusion in every learning community.

Summary: Andratesha Fitzgerald emphasizes the importance of creating a culture of honor in education, where every member is empowered to contribute. Educators should acknowledge and address obstacles for marginalized students and use Universal Design for Learning frameworks to reduce barriers and create learning opportunities that consider all learners’ instructional needs. An anti-racist approach ensures that all students are valued and supported.


Key Takeaways:

  • Codes of power in education create limitations for marginalized students, while codes of honor empower and include all learners.
  • In a culture of honor, educators co-create the learning environment with students, allowing their voices and experiences to shape the instructional experience.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and anti-racism are interconnected, as UDL provides a framework for designing instruction that meets the diverse needs of learners, while an anti-racist approach ensures that all students are seen, respected, and supported.

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