Frog Bridge JEDI

Introducing Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion:  A View from the Frog Bridge 

Developed for the COPLAC JEDI conference and Juneteenth 2021

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Social Justice in Education 090820

Social Justice in Education – live on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 2 – 3:50 pm, contact Professor Stoloff at for directions on joining the live virtual discussion on BlackBoard Collaborate

a summary of this session will appear at

Topics we will discuss:

Scholar Strike for Racial Justice (September 8-9, 2020). Scholar Strike for Racial Justice playlist. Retrieved from

 Conceptual analysis of social justice 

1. What is social justice in education?

“Social justice in education takes two forms. The first is social justice in action and the level of equality within the actual education system. … The second form of social justice in education is how social justice is taught within the school system.”

Emmaline Soken-Huberty (n.d.) What is Social Justice in Education? Retrieved from

2. What are related terms?

Racial Justice

“Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races that results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone. All people are able to achieve their full potential in life, regardless of race, ethnicity or the community in which they live.

A “racial justice” framework can move us from a reactive posture to a more powerful, proactive and even preventive approach.”

THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION (AUGUST 24, 2020). Equity vs. Equality and Other Racial Justice Definitions. Retrieved from

“EJI believes we need a new era of truth and justice that starts with confronting our history of racial injustice.”

Equal Justice Initiative (2020). Racial Justice. Retrieved from

3. What are the limits of social justice in education?

“Teaching social justice does not mean informing future educators, administrators, and policy leaders about social justice; it means training you in a reflective model of leadership that encourages openness, collaboration, and information sharing.”

Mills, School of Education (n.d.).  Social Justice in Education: The Role Educational Leaders Play.  Retrieved from

4. What is the opposite of social justice in education?

“racism is prejudice with the power to enforce it”

Tools for Racial Justice (n.d.). Definitions. Retrieved from

5. What are some refinements to the concept of social justice?

“They describe how the inclusion of “social” in the definition of social justice introduces two foundational ideas: the common good and the social practices necessary to achieve the common good. Central to these ideas are forming associations, civic participation, and cooperation.

This approach is helpful when thinking about economic and social affairs, including how we consider schools, in at least two ways. First, it encourages and empowers individuals to join actively with others to form voluntary associations and mediating institutions so that committed citizens can together solve common challenges.

Second, it is directed toward the common good, not only at a national or international level, but also—first and foremost—at the level of neighborhood and community. It directs collective efforts toward shared goals, not private interests, respecting individuals and allowing societies and the institutions on which they rely to thrive.”

Andy Smarick and Bruno V. Manno (3.11.2020). Social justice and K–12 education reform. Retrieved from

Presentations by first-year students on their experiences with social justice in their past schooling and their expectations for learning and living at Eastern 

Online resources as an introduction to social justice in education:

Students for Educational Justice (2018).  Students for Educational Justice.  Retrieved from

LiveStories (2020).  Connecticut Educational Attainment Statistics.  Retrieved from

ASCD (July 2020). Building Racial Justice and Equity. Retrieved from

Blacker The Berry (Jan 7, 2019).  The Black Power Mixtape.  Retrieved from 

Phi Delta Kappa (June 3, 2020). Racial Justice Resources. Retrieved from

Tanner Higgin (January 10, 2020). A best-of-the-best collection of resources for social justice- and equity-focused educators. Retrieved from

Eastern Resources that Promote Social Justice –

Unity Wing –

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) –

FEMALES Organization –

Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (M.A.L.E.S.) Organization –

Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) –

Asian Cultural Society –

Resources on antiracism, social justice, cultural diversity, … that Eastern’s Education Department purchased – 

Dr. Susannah Richards shared this list of books that the Education Department has purchased:

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive of Racist Ideas in America (ISBN 978-1568585987)

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (ISBN 9780807047415)

How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram Kendi (ISBN 978-0525509288)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Reynolds and Kendi (ISBN 978-0-316-45369-1)-

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work-

Books for Young Readers*

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry (ISBN 978-0525553366)-Picture Book

(Sony Pictures Animation (Dec 5, 2019).   Hair Love | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation.   Retrieved from

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (ISBN 978-1609805395)-Picture Book

(Innosanto Nagara (Jun 27, 2013).  A is for Activist author reading.  Retrieved from

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey  (ISBN 9781452167916)-Picture Book

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (ISBN 978-1338157826)-Middle Grade

Additional books:

The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for A New Generation edited by Maureen Johnson

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity by Winona Gui and Priya Vulchi

Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sg. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of America by Richard Gergel

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken System Perpetuates Social Injustice by Fredrik deBoer  

The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love and Truth edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl WIllis Hudson

Junk Boy by Tony Abbott, and Maryanne Wolfe

Group discussion on what we might do to enhance social justice in this virtual classroom, at Eastern, in local schools, in schooling throughout Connecticut and the nation

References shared by Prof. Brendan Cunningham about this movement for virtual teach-ins on September 8-9, 2020

Colleen Flaherty (August 28, 2020).  #ScholarStrike.  Retrieved from

Kevin Gannon @TheTattooedProf (August 28, 2020).  All right, y’all. It’s on. #ScholarStrike. If you want to sign on in support:  Retrieved from

Anthea Butler and Kevin Gannon (August 28, 2020).  #ScholarStrike signatures.  Retrieved from

Other videos –

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Mar 12, 2020). Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi – “Stamped” and the Story of Racism in the U.S. | The Daily Show. Retrieved from

TED (Oct 7, 2009). The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Retrieved from

Social Justice in Education – powerpoint foundation for video

University Relations (September 16, 2020). Eastern faculty participate in nationwide Scholar Strike. Retrieved from



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2019 Empowered to Lead Symposium

Notes from the

Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council

2019 Empowered to Lead Symposium

May 2nd, 2019 – Mohegan Sun Convention Center

I was at this symposium representing CECA:

CECA banner 2019 Empowered to Lead

  1. Social and Emotional Learning –

keynote from The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

What is RULER?

“RULER teaches the skills of emotional intelligence — those associated with recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotion. Decades of research show that these skills are essential to effective teaching and learning, sound decision making, physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond.”

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Learn more about the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.


2. Implicit Bias 101: Its Powerful Effect on Instruction and Learning

presented by Michele O’Neill

referred to Project Implicit

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Balance and Flow: Maintaining Balance and Maximizing Strategies Associated with Flow Theory 

presented by Neil Gile – Principal at Williams Middle School, Longmeadow Public Schools

William Sullivan – 8th Grade History Teacher at Williams Middle School, Longmeadow Public Schools

Flow theory – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 


MIKE OPPLAND (May 13, 2019). 8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Retrieved from

“The 8 Characteristics of Flow

Csikszentmihalyi describes eight characteristics of flow:

  1. Complete concentration on the task;
  2. Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback;
  3. Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down);
  4. The experience is intrinsically rewarding;
  5. Effortlessness and ease;
  6. There is a balance between challenge and skills;
  7. Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination;
  8. There is a feeling of control over the task.


Mapping the Foundation to a Successful SEL Program 

Meredith Homza – English Instructor, J.M. Wright Technical High School

Maureen Ruby – Assistant Superintendent, Brookfield Public Schools





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A Weekend Inside Higher Education

During a lovely extended weekend in April 2019, I had the opportunity to glimpse the future of higher education in the USA and found it will be ever-changing, challenging, and educational.  I note that I do not prefer higher education as a term.  There was a time that I would only say post-secondary education.  I will go with the flow and use the term higher education, with some reservations.

The Future of Public Higher Education in Connecticut conference at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, April 5, 2019

This conference, the fifth organized by the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, featured a morning keynote speaker, Christopher Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, as the afternoon keynote speaker.

Professor Newfield’s impressions on the conference are posted at 

In his keynote, Newfield described how the restructuring of universities rarely reach student first goals.  There may be some cost-saving initially but the structures grow back.  Each time he mentioned this issue, the audience responded with cheers.

In his blog, be also discussed Congresswoman Hayes’ presentation.  Newfield’s blog contains a link to Congresswoman’s Hayes’ presentation that highlights her emotional connections to education.  It was features photos of several faculty, including Dr. Tanya Moorehead from the Education, and students.   The blog ends with a summary of the conference that calls for “a full reframing of higher ed along public good lines.”

I attended a presentation by Rick Hornung and Nicolas Simon on When A Plus  Becomes A Minus and A Denial Turns into Acceptance:  How the Topsy-Turvy Process of ParentPLUS Loans Effect College Students from Low Income Familes.   Two Eastern Connecticut students spoke of their own challenges with financial aid and the value of studying on a campus not in their community.

Nikki McCary and Kathy Taylor from Naugatuck Valley Community College spoke about their efforts in Linking Social Justice Issues across Disciplines in another session.  Participants generated a list of social justice issues that could easily be multi-disciplinary.

The conference offered small group discussions on diverse topics – part-time faculty issues, the future of the liberal arts, teaching, contemplative practices, open pedagogy, disability services,  service-learning, resilience, creating family-friendly campuses, student food insecurity, veteran support, – over 40 break-out sessions.  The conference closed with a discussion of the future of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and the efforts of the Reluctant Warriors petitioners to preserve shared governance in the system.

46th Annual Higher Education Labor-Management Conference in NYC on April 7-9, 2019 at the CUNY Graduate Center

CUNYv conf 2019I joined Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel and Niti Pandey at this conference on collective bargaining at the CUNY Graduate Center, across from The Empire State Building.   There were also faculty and staff from the UCONN AAUP chapter and colleagues from Western Connecticut State University in attendance.  Here’s a photo of Lyndsey and Niti with Paul Filson, CSU-AAUP Director of Union Organization between sessions at the conference.

I attended the following sessions.  Below them are my “sound bite” memories of the sessions:

Workshop for Academic Labor: Membership Mobilization and Collective Bargaining in an Open Shop Environment with Penny Lewis, Associate Professor of Labor Studies, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and PSC Vice President Senior Colleges, Jennifer Eagan, President, California Faculty Association, Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP, Noeleen McIlvenna, Professor of History, Contract Administration Officer, AAUP at Wright State University, Ken Mash, President, APSCUF, Kathryn Morton, Communications Director, APSCUF, Bruce Nissen, is active in the United Faculty of Florida, chairs the union’s statewide Contract Enforcement Committee and is a retired labor educator, and Kim Cook, Extension Associate Faculty, Cornell ILR. (attendance at this workshop is limited to labor representatives and union members).

This session was over-subscribed due to the use of an online registration system.  The conference made use of Socio, a pretty effective software program that allowed from session registration, announcements, document archives, exhibitor and presenters lists, search engine for participants, one’s own conference schedule,  and a conference map.  My memories of this session included that Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP,  spoke of the January-February 2019 Wright State University faculty strike – at 20 days one of the longest in academic faculty history.  Bruce Nissen from the United Faculty of Florida recounted the history of academic labor organization in Florida in a “right to work” state.  

This session continued with break out sessions.   I attended a session on effective uses of social media by Kenneth M. Mash, president, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, and Kathryn Morton, APSCUF communications director.

On Monday, April 8 included the Plenary Presentation: The History of Right to Work from the First Gilded Age to Janus with Cedric de Leon, Director and Associate Professor, UMass Amherst Labor Center, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Chad E. Pearson, Professor of History, Collin College, and Sophia Z. Lee, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Presenter and Moderator.

After some technical challenges with the microphones in the conference auditorium, that we noticed from the breakout room, this session presenters discussed the history of “right to work” and challenges to labor organization in the United States.  The history included the Johnson County (Wyoming Range) War, and Hollywood Director Cecil B. DeMille and his support of National Right to Work Committee.

Workshop by SUNY SAIL Institute: Discovering My Leadership Voice with Scott Vinciguerra, Leadership Development Associate, SUNY Strategic and Academic Innovative Leadership Institute.code

A takeaway from this interactive session was a group dynamics exercise that would be interesting to use with our students.  We were presented with the code on the right and asked to form groups of three or four.  We were asked as a group to develop a method to remember this code and to be able to use it to decode a message.  It was an interesting ice-breaker for introductions and leadership in a small group.  

Paul Krugman presented the conference Keynote: Market Power and Wage Stagnation.

The Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York spoke about the history of wage stagnation on the USA economy and on academic labor.

Panel: Progressive State Responses to Janus with Hon. Linda Greenstein, New Jersey State Senator, ReNika Moore, New York Attorney General’s Office Labor Bureau Chief, Maryann Parker, SEIU Associate General Counsel, Nancy Walker, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Chief Deputy Attorney General, Fair Labor Section, and Terri Gerstein, American Constitution Society and Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, Moderator.

Connecticut was considered to be one of 9 progressive states.  Terry Gerstein shared this General Guidance from CT Attorney General George Jepsen –

“Connecticut has a long and important tradition of supporting the
organized labor movement and the fundamental right of workers to
organize. Public sector employees play a crucial role in
communities across Connecticut. Each day they work hard to
ensure public safety, to protect public health, to educate our
children and to provide other critical services to our residents.”

“Employees who are nonmembers and paying agency fees as of
June 27, 2018 may choose to become a voluntary dues-paying
member by contacting the union that serves as the exclusive
representative…” (from

Steven Greenhouse spoke on Teachers and Other Workers: New Strategies for Progress at a conference reception on Monday, April 8th.

The veteran New York Times labor report also spoke about “The Challenges Facing America’s Workers and Labor Unions”.

Panel: Mending Fences and Building Bridges: A Labor-Management Dialogue on Cultural and Institutional Change with Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Kenneth Mash, President, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, and Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Moderator.

This friendly conversation between the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System and the President of the system’s faculty association illustrated the differing goals of the administration and faculty.  A case in point, a financial challenges of a small state college, presented the conflict between state economics and the role of higher education for upper mobility.

Panel: Legal Issues in Higher Education: Annual Review of Court and Administrative Developments with Natasha Baker, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, Beth Margolis, Gladstein Reif & Meginniss LLP, Aaron Nisenson, Senior Counsel, AAUP, and Michael Loconto, College Counsel, Curry College, Moderator.

This annual review highlights current law cases, including developments in discrimination issues, collective bargaining, the effects of the Janus decision on faculty recruitment, and immigration issues.

PS:  I would recommend that others consider attending this annual conference vessel 040819on collective bargaining next early Spring.  This year, the CSU-AAUP delegation stayed at the The James New York NoMad in mid-town New York City.   There was time to walk around the city before the sessions.  Here I am before The Vessel, a new structure in Hudson Yards.  We were near Curry Hill and the Flatiron neighbor and a walk from Grand Central Station.  Please let me know if you have any questions on these notes.  There were several supportive documents that I would be happy to share.  Please contact me at





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Welcome to this ePortfolio template.

This is an evolving template for an electronic portfolio.

If you are interested in ePortfolios, please contact

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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Guide to related blogs

This homepage would be used as a blogsite for occasional postings and announcements about this ePortfolio.

This blog features a menu for a template for an undergraduate ePortfolio that would used to display a student’s Eastern experience.  This ePorfolio website also has links to related blogs.

For a powerpoint presentation that we are using in Fall 2011 to introduce students and faculty to developing ePortfolios, click here E-Portfolio 0811.

Professor Martin Seymour from the Communication Department has developed online modules on developing one’s ePortfolio using WordPress at .

In Spring 2011, Abbie Beckoff, a first-year student then, developed this introducing powerpoint on the skydrive and connecting files to an ePortfolio in word press at

A presentation that includes a discussion of file security may be viewed here by clicking on
ePortfolio dev 0711

The template for those in the MS in Educational Technology program may be found at

An evolving blog on international connections in Education may be found at

The website for the Summer Institute for Future Teachers @ Eastern Connecticut State University, July 2011, may be found at

Notes on our colloquium in World Religions may be found at .

My recent writings may be found at

Dr. David Stoloff

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ePortfolio Community Meeting – Nov. 16, 2010


DRAFT notes from the ePortfolio Community Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Hurley Hall, President’s Dining Room – 12 noon to 2:00 pm

We had some guests from Rhode Island College, who heard about our initiative form one of the NEASC visitors.

“Scott Badger, our primary trainer for Blackboard and MS Office support.  Scott has worked with SharePoint and has a Windows Live account.   Ryan Hanley, a staff trainer who supports Blackboard and Chalk & Wire, the assessment/portfolio application used by the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at RIC.  Ryan is a recent grad and he is very comfortable with social media.”  – introduced by Pat Hays, Director of User Support Services, Rhode Island College

Present – David Stoloff (recorder), Doncho Petkov, Jack Jolls, Weiping Liu, Nancy Wynn, David Oyanadel, Martin Seymour, Suzanne Dowling, Amilcah Gomes, Nanette Tummers, Helen Marx, Sudha Swaminathan, Linda Hotkowski (media support), Ryan Hanley and Scott Badger, Rhode Island College guests

Items discussed

1)   Challenges implementing ePortfolios using and  during Fall 2010;  review of Martin Seymour’s getting started using website

2)   Current examples of students’  ePortfolios SP 2010  and Martin Seymour’s  sections Fall 2010

3)   Discussion of a potential December 2010 showcase on ePortfolios in Martin Semour’s class –  to be further planned as a pilot assessment project

4)   Holding a formal exhibition of ePortfolios in SP 2011 – probably in May – using a  revised form of the AAC&U’s rubric and offering 6 prizes – Best Eastern ePortfolio 2011 for $250 – bookstore supplies – and five prizes of $150 for best in Connects to Experience, Connects to Discipline, Transfer, Integrated Communication, and Reflection and Self-Assessment. 

5)   Martin Seymour’s  sections Fall 2010 has a good number of ePortfolios to view.  Martin would showcase particularly two ePortfolios  found at and at as examples of models for student ePortfolios.

In David Stoloff’s Tier I and II courses, there may be other ePortfolios that might be showcased in December 2010. Amilcah Gomes might also have some first-year students who might participate in a showcase in December.

6)   Assessment planning – Further developing a rubric for ePortfolio assessment – SP 2010’s rubric, AAC&U VALUE rubrics,  potential rubric – Integrative and Applied Learning VALUE Rubric, Tier III course rubric – more discussion is needed in developing a rubric that might be used for the SP 2011 competition.

The session ended about 1:30 pm with plans to organize a pilot assessment/showcase at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, encouragement that RIC and Eastern might collaborate more on projects in educational technology, and thanks to Martin Seymour for all of his enthusiasm and pioneering work with his students on developing the path for the best Eastern ePortfolios. Thanks to Scott and Ryan for coming to visit and sharing their expertise. 

Please contact David Stoloff at if you have any questions on these notes.

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