About Me

Children have an acute sense of justice and teachers have the special opportunity to foster their development for the benefit of humanity. This inclusive way of being, in the classroom and in the community, not only positively affects students but also teachers, families, and communities. As a District Literacy Coach for the 2020-2021 school year, I developed and recorded over 150 reading lessons for elementary teachers to use during remote learning instruction. All lessons were connected to the Social Justice Standards and highlighted diverse cultural perspectives. This page captures what I learned from that process, my training in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, as well as my Ethnic Studies training. I am striving to show that all forms of knowing are respected, affirmed and honored and am purposely prioritizing our most marginalized communities as we work toward radical healing in our society.

I am a National Board Certified Teacher with a Masters in Elementary Education, a Bachelor's in History and have taught primary and middle school grades. In addition to being a Literacy Specialist, I studied with XITO Institute to teach Ethnic Studies. I also have deep spiritual beliefs about unity, equity and justice from the Baha'i teachings that have guided my choices my entire life. I am a mother of two beautiful children and married to the most loving person who supports and enhances all my work. I am also a partner in VIEW Consulting which supports school leaders in centering equity and anti-racist practices within their school and community. My hope is that this site assists teachers and parents in providing education that leads to raising a new generation, prepared to heal so many of the ills that inflict society.

-Dena Harris


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