The Need for Diversity Specialist

Reflections from an educator and diversity instructor All School Districts across the country need a diversity specialist.  I am following the story of the opening for a diversity specialist in Ankeny, Iowa and the controversy over the superintendent’s halt of that hiring.  As a former high School teacher and a current diversity trainer with Heartland […]

Ruth Ann Gaines Auditorium: A Lifetime of Work

The Des Moines School Board voted 7-0 last week to name the newly remodeled East High School auditorium the Ruth Ann Gaines auditorium, in my honor.  This has motivated me to do an enormous amount of reflection.  I taught at East High school for 40 years.  During that time, I worked to encourage other teachers, […]

Voucher Proposal Undermines Public Schools, Leads To Discrimination

While public schools are reeling from COVID-imposed complications, another bill from the legislature proposes taking away resources public schools already lack, and could cause discrimination based on race, class and disability. During the debate about Senate File 159 last week, Senate Democrats argued in favor of teachers and their administrators while Republicans favored parents’ choices. […]