In an open message to well-intentioned but critical allies, Dr. King wrote the stirring and prophetic Letter from Birmingham Jail, imploring proponents of civil rights to not wait and let change happen in due course. Rather, it was his responsibility as a leader to impart urgency, spark conversation and encourage action.
Reading his message many years ago ignited a flame in me, and it serves as a constant source of inspiration for the work that we do at iNACOL. We are on a mission to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. As a leader, with a platform that others in our field look to for support, we see it as our responsibility to be explicit about our commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). And it is a fitting time to reflect on our journey to do this work externally for the field of personalized, competency-based education, to effect systems change in education writ large, and, to internally reckon this priority with our staff.