Educators create original lesson plans, collaborate and share plans in order to get feedback to improve their pedagogy. Terry is an educator that teaches algebra. They have a student with dyslexia. Terry creates lesson plans focused on student needs. Terry shares the lesson plans on the groups within Machitia where other math educators are seeking to improve their pedagogy using disability critical race theory. Terry also gets feedback on the lesson plans from peers. Educators on Machita can teach any subject, age group, and setting. Within the plans educators outline how they use any transformative framework we call within Machitia Circles of Liberation like trauma informed practices, biliteracy, culturally responsive pedagogy, etc. The central task of creating, collaborating, and sharing lesson plans builds a community that validates best practices educators should be applying in their pedagogy.
An organization can easily organize groups of members to help streamline the collaboration process. For example, Teach for America (TFA) has the internal Native Alliance Initiative group, which includes all the educators that are Native American in TFA. They can finally have a central place to support each other through collaborating and giving each other feedback on each other’s lesson plans. The Education for Liberation Network can create a group with all their Ethnic Studies educators or there could be a group for all US history teachers, or a group for speech pathologists, or groups on any subject matter. We have a Harvard professor that teaches educators in social studies. She has multiple years of student teachers she has taught and still gives feedback to their lesson plans after they graduate. There are also education consulting firms that are hired by school districts to do professional development on specific circles of liberation like culturally responsive pedagogy. After they do the trainings they use Machitia to follow up with educator’s lesson plans to make sure they applied the pedagogy correctly.
Within Machitia, educators can easily explore and learn what the literature is for the circles of liberation, find real-life examples of lesson plans educators created, support and collaborative groups, and organizations that are the leaders in that subject or theme. During this pandemic, all educators are needing to adjust their lesson plans to the context their schools are having them move into. Whether that is in-person, online, or a hybrid model. more