Becoming a Voice for the Voiceless

Meet Kyron Harvell, the director of the school culture and climate grant for Lansing School District, who shares his mission of serving as a voice for the voiceless in his school community. In this episode of BRIGHT, we explore how Kyron and his team are cultivating a culture of inclusivity in Lansing centered around equitable access to learning opportunities, culturally responsive practices, social emotional learning, and restorative justice.
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This week on the BRIGHT podcast, I had the honor of interviewing Kyron Harvell, who serves as the director of the school culture and climate grant for Lansing School District.

His personal mission? 

To serve as a voice for the voiceless in his school community.

Kyron’s journey into education is an incredible one. 

After our conversation, I was left inspired by how, day after day, he continues to fight to create the changes he knows are desperately needed in our schools. 

He’s motivated by creating more equitable experiences for the children in his community than the ones that were available to him when he was a student. 

In this episode, we chat about:

  • His mission to serve  as a voice for the voiceless
  • His journey from student in Flint → guidance counselor → school leader
  • His vision for cultivating an inclusive school culture with an emphasis on equitable access to learning opportunities, culturally responsive teaching practices, social emotional learning, and restorative justice. 
  • Examples of the important work being done in Lansing through the STAR grant to create change in these areas
  • Why the “Common Core” isn’t common

Here’s a sneak peek at our conversation:

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Nikki Herta

Nikki Herta

Nikki’s love for writing, editing and pedagogy brought her to Michigan Virtual as their Content Creator/Editor. A Michigan native, she studied writing at Grand Valley State University before continuing on to the University of Minnesota for her master’s degree. While there, she also taught first-year writing to college freshman. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, playing table-top board games, and curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book and her sassy, ancient cat, Princess Eugene.

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