Raising Hands

Mission Statement & Philosophy

"Providing consultation and partnership in diversity, equity, & inclusion work with early childhood and primary school educators––because excellent teachers pour into excellent students"

Before we can equip our students to go out into their communities and the world to foster healthy relationships with individuals from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and beliefs, educators and administrators need to foster the work within themselves and in their practices first. It is one thing to merely glaze over the teaching of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our classrooms and it is another thing to live it. Tianna believes in equipping teachers and administrators with the growth mindset, tools, and beliefs to live the daily tenets of anti-bias and anti-racist (ABAR) education in and out of the classroom. Too often, diversity, equity, and inclusion training and consultation focus primarily on the work middle school and high school teachers can do with their students. But what about our younger students who need the same instruction, models, and scaffolded understanding in early childhood, elementary, and middle school? Community & Belonging Educational Consulting focuses on cultivating a thorough understanding of how to successfully and authentically embed and live out this work as educators for the betterment, safety, and well-being of every student. Educators and schools that successfully live out this work:

  • Build a solid and healthy foundation on anti-bias and anti-racist practices

  • Aim for comprehensive whole-child teaching and development (academic learning, social development, and emotional development)

  • Commit to life-long work, learning, and partnership

  • Embrace empathy, compassion, forgiveness (of self and others) and a growth mindset

  • Dedicate themselves to truly knowing their students in culturally humble ways

Tianna’s philosophy and practices are inspired & informed by the following works:

  • Anti-bias Education for Young Children & Ourselves (2nd edition) by Louise Derman-Sparks, Julie Olsen, & Catherine M. Goins

  • Equity & Diversity by The National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing, and Hope in Schools by Katherine Evans & Dorothy Vaandering