Designing Equitable Learning

Designing Equitable Learning

Learn from Youth Leaders and Equity Champions

to Reimagine Education.

We received over 30 youth creations from around the world that aimed to answer one of three questions:  (1) How can education help create a more equitable world (2) What does designing equitable learning mean to you? (3) How can schools give youth more voice and power?.

We are incredibly grateful to the independent panel at Juxtaposition Arts for reviewing the submissions, and for our partners at FanSchool for publishing the creations. Of course, we are most appreciative to the young people who are out their actively using their voice and power to create more equity in education and in the world.

1st Place: Juwaria Jama

2nd Place: DeAnthoney Acon

3rd Place: Lincoln Bacal

Session #1: MLK Day 2021

Theme: Change is coming: How can we prepare for our new vision of educational equity?

Date & Time: Monday, January 18, 2021 | 12 – 1:30pm EST

What’s the experience:

* Hear the equity journey of Karla Vigil and Kaleb Rashad

* Build relationships in a 30-minute small group breakout

* Listen from students at High School for Recording Arts

* Special Guest: Sarah Fine from High Tech High on Deeper Learning

Session #2: January 26, 2021

Theme: Cultivating transformative conditions for student-centered learning.

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 12 – 1:30pm EST

What’s the experience:

* Hear the equity journey of Tony Simmons and Michael Lipset

* Generate actions to empower youth in 30 minute breakout

* Listen to youth from Living School Nola share impact stories

* Actions: Supporting youth becoming community difference makers

Session #3: February 4, 2021

Theme: Growing our ecosystem: Building communities that supports equitable learning environments.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 12 – 1:30pm EST

What’s the experience:

* Hear the equity journey of Alexis Gwin-Miller and Carlos Moreno

* Build relationships in a 30-minute small group breakout

* Listen to youth sharing learnings of community impact

* Call-to-Action Ideation: Growing an equity in education movement

About the Equity Series

Who participated in the series?



We held this virtual equity series for youth activists, innovative educators, and interested community members who want to contribute to an education movement designed for equity. The work is ahead of us.



What does it mean to design for equity?


Designing for equity means cultivating learning ecosystems in schools and across communities where every person is seen, heard, valued, and loved. It means dismantling historical injustices, building trusting relationships, and honoring every person’s unique gifts to contribute to an equity movement. It means genuinely listening to and including young people as authentic co-creators of a learner-centered paradigm


Facing Our History of Racial Oppression

Designing Equitable Learning series begins on MLK Day and concludes in Black History Month. We will come together virtually to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all who have suffered (and continue to suffer) at the hands of racial and societal injustices. We come together to love one another, to learn from one another, to commit to anti-racism in our schools, and to untangle the web of inequities that holds us back from achieving our collective goals. We believe growing a global learning ecosystem where every single person is seen, heard, valued, and loved honors Dr. King’s legacy, and we hope you can join us in this calling.

This series continues the community building work from MLK Day, 2020, when a highly diverse group of individuals converged in Minneapolis to co-construct a learner-centered empowerment paradigm built on principles of the Civil Rights Movement. A photo journal of that day is below.

Please direct any questions or media inquiries to series facilitator, Nathan Strenge.


Phone: (320) 248-1135