Dr. Mary Antón has a passion for developing school leaders and for working with school teams in their efforts to dismantle racism in the large and small structures within their schools and themselves. As a white presenting Latina, Mary continually explores her own privilege in the area of color and education, and leverages these intersecting experiences to challenge others to disrupt the systems that define the norm as white, cisgendered and English speaking.
With over two decades in the classroom across the K-12 range and another decade plus in School Administration and higher education, Mary works to build capacity in others for the work. As a seasoned national presenter, and a professional development leader for Teachers21 (Massachusetts) for a decade, Mary works across content areas, with district level visioning and strategic planning to support schools as they look at the intersection of achievement and privilege; opportunity and racism. Using a data driven Equity Improvement Cycle model (RIDES, 2016), Mary supports schools as they use data to make deliberate and intentional movement towards systemic change. Mary understands that relationship is key. Whether growing capacity for the adults to talk about bias, power, privilege and oppression or working to support the development of classroom practices that open intentional brave spaces for all students, Mary works to draw attention to multiple perspectives - especially those who are least often heard.
If you are wondering how to move to the next level in your work to grow as an equitable community that values and supports all students, families and faculty, contact Mary to discuss ways that Learning•Leading•Becoming can help you build a leadership culture that will change the way your school and district learns.
We provide capacity building for leadership teams as they examine the impact and intersection of adult learning, leadership style and systems of oppression on an organization's ability to effectively identify barriers to the success of people of color. This work includes both looking at systemic barriers to changing the status quo and identifying how to support all members of the organization in effectively identifying privilege and deepening understanding and commitment to dismantling racism through a collaboratively constructed data-driven change process.
At Learning•Leading•Becoming I follow a three part process to insure that you and your school/system are truly reaching your goals.
Initial Consultation: "How We Define the Problem, often Dictates the Solution"
The initial consultation phase is usually a 90 minute meeting with the school leader or leadership team in which we define the initial concern, questions or goals, gather a big picture understanding of the organization and discuss a scope of potential work.
A written proposal for next steps, options and fees will be provided after this phase.
Diagnostics and Coaching: "We can only get there if we know where we are now."
Collaborative use of diagnostics, organizational assessments and Equity Improvement Cycle planning. A review of the diagnostic data. Short term and long term planning.
Implementation of School-Wide Short-Term and/or Long-Term Plans: "All journey's have multiple pathways, which way you travel depends on what you hope to see along the way".
Special Circumstances, No Worries:
As a consulting group we understand that each organization is unique. Each step in the process is designed to be collaborative and responsive to your individual context.
In some cases schools and leaders need to respond to immediate challenges that may require immediate action. Need help with an immediate issue? Just ask. And when the short-term issue is handled, as is so critical in the real world of school leadership, let us help you see how you can leverage your response to short-term challenges to support your long-term equity goals.
Join us at these events or call or email for more information about setting up a consultation or program in your area.
Learn more about the work that Mary has been doing with RIDES and about the RIDES Equity Improvement Cycle.