Passing the Mic: How Can the Power of the JEDI Help Students Thrive?

The past year has been filled with more than its fair share of trauma: from the COVID pandemic; to the murder of George Floyd and a new reckoning with America’s legacy of racial oppression; to the insurrection at the Capitol; to the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. But the year has brought some bright spots, too—including many inspiring stories of educators stepping up to support their students.

In this episode of Passing the Mic, TNTP’s CEO Dan Weisberg sits down with Georgia’s Principal of the Year, Keith Ball, to discuss how his school is using the power of the JEDI—justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion—to dig deep, ask hard questions, and do the work to provide a safe haven and sanctuary for students during an unprecedented time.

You can watch the entire conversation below or here, and find previous episodes of Passing the Mic here.

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