Testimonials

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING OF BEA YOUNG ASSOCIATES:

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Illinois School District Superintendent testimony “ …both on a national level, and most especially in my district… you’ve not only raised awareness in the area of diversity and equity, but as a result of your leadership and passion, you’ve moved people to action.  In my mind anyway…this will be your legacy!

Illinois Community College Trustee testimony “In my opinion you are, simply put, the best I have ever witnessed at teaching the concepts of equity because, you are not only a role model and understand it, you are able to get others to embrace implementing practices that bring about change in equity and inclusion as a way of behaving that changes a culture.”

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING OF RESTORING THE SOUL TO EDUCATION: EQUITY CLOSES THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP:

Arne Duncan, Former United States Secretary of Education testimony “The fight for educational opportunity is the fight for equity. You can’t get to the first without a courageous commitment to the second. But when you actually live those values, the difference you can make in the lives of students is extraordinary.”

Dr. Charles Ponquinette, Retired Illinois School Superintendent testimony “At a time when all the ills of society are being dumped at the schoolhouse door, the remarkable success of these two districts provides guidelines which, if followed, will produce positive change in academic achievement for all students. It is a blueprint educators will relate to and understand, one that can be measured and replicated.”

Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum testimony “In an era when children of color are nearly the majority in Illinois and the nation, two trailblazers, Bea Young and Carmen Ayala, joined forces to chart a course providing a primer to obtain educational equity, not just for students of color, but for all students. They demonstrate the importance of acknowledging the cultural gifts and strengths that students bring to the classroom, often ignored in our educational settings.”

Jeannine Carter, Former Director of Diversity Initiatives, Denver Public Schools, and Head of Diversity Engagement, Facebook testimony “Restoring the Soul to Education is a gift to the world. It’s written from the heart and soul with practical and applicable solutions. An engrossing while digestible story, told through the coauthors’ lives and experiences, it offers us “how to’s” so many are craving on the quest for educational equity.