Kaya Henderson on Reconstruction and Identity Affirming Curriculum

Key Points

  • Representation is essential for all students. 

  • Teachers are actually reconstructors themselves. 

Kaya Henderson Reconstruction

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by the phenomenal Kaya Henderson. Kaya is the CEO of Reconstruction, an edtech company that delivers k-12 courses that situates Black people, culture, and contributions in an authentic, identity-affirming way. Kaya is a career educator, starting as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx with Teach for America.

Kaya has been a leader in DC for 20+ years, first with TFA, then TNTP and then a decade at DCPS. She co-hosts the popular podcast Pod Save the People, with DeRay McKesson. 

Let’s listen in as they discuss representation, hosting a podcast and the importance of culturally responsive pedagogy. 

[Change happens] from the grass tops to grassroots. It takes an entire ecosystem. It takes a city. It takes the politicians. It takes the deep, deep engagement from students and families and then of course it takes amazing educators to to do something very, very different.

Kaya Henderson


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