What is Equitable Teaching?
At its core Equitable Teaching is a belief system. One that is founded on the opinion that every child should have their learning outcomes met through the accessibility of their general education teacher. This is a shift in perspective from the idea of “inclusion” which solely focuses on location, where students may join their peers in the general education classroom; however the responsibility of their learning outcomes still remains that of the special education teacher and staff. Central to the mindset of Equitable Teaching is this shift from the focus on location to a focus on the general education teacher in collaboration with other educational staff and parents. With the opinion that accessibility must extend beyond the physical location of the classroom to the general educators within those classrooms, it is Christina’s belief that true equity exists when all students can have their learning outcomes meet through this accessibility.
Dr. Christina Marietti
Founder & CEO of Equitable Teaching
Dr. Christina Marietti specializes in providing personalization and differentiation within the general education setting, and is the founder and CEO of Equitable Teaching, a company rooted in the belief that every child should have their learning outcomes met through the accessibility of their general education teacher. Dr. Marietti conceived the idea of Equitable Teaching during her career as both a special education and general education teacher, while working to support and create classrooms that go beyond the idea of “inclusion”. In response to interest in her classroom and this type of teaching, Dr. Marietti developed Equitable Teaching as a guide for resources for educators (general and special education), paraprofessionals, specialists, administrators, parents, and students. She maintains a consistent focus and passion in her belief that every child should have their learning outcomes met through the accessibility of the general education teacher and that this can be done through a collaborative effort of the child’s educational team.
Dr. Marietti’s interest in working with children was sparked when she had an internship at Washburn Guidance Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1991. This was the catalyst for her desire to help children learn and grow, specifically children with significant needs. From there, she attended Bethel University, where she graduated in 1996 with a B.A. in Child Psychology/Education.
After taking some time to be home with her family, Dr. Marietti began work as a special education teacher in the Osseo School District in 2002, and pursued her Masters in Developmental Disabilities and Autism at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. During her time at the Osseo School District, Dr. Marietti taught in an elementary self-contained classroom and supported students with a wide range of disabilities. All the while maintaining a focus on supporting her students within their general education classrooms as much as she was able.
After nine years in the Osseo School District, Dr. Marietti was hired in the Wayzata School District in a similar role and she spent another five years working as a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom. During this time Dr. Marietti pursued and obtained a PhD in Educational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Her dissertation research was a qualitative case study; The Experience of Student Participation in the Individual Education Plan: Giving a Voice to Students With High Functioning Autism. A consistent theme in Dr. Marietti’s work and pursuits has been a passion for students to not only have access to the general education setting but also to become advocates for their own education.
In 2016, Dr. Marietti proposed to the Wayzata School District that she have a general education classroom where she also cased managed the students that are on Individual Education Plans (IEP). This proposal was approved, and she began working as a 5th grade general education teacher, while also case managing and providing service for the students on IEP’s in her classroom. As a result of the student success that she observed daily, positive feedback from many stakeholders, and curiosity about what exactly this type of classroom looked like, Dr. Marietti developed Equitable Teaching.
Dr. Marietti established Equitable Teaching in 2018 with the goal of reaching a greater audience and providing guidance and support to educators, para-professionals, specialists, administrators, parents, and students that share in her passion. Along with the creation of the Equitable Teaching, Dr. Marietti works as a 5th grade teacher in the Wayzata School District in Plymouth, MN.
Research published in, Capella University, Proquest Dissertations Publishing, The Experience of Student Participation in the Individual Education Plan: Giving a Voice to Students with High-Functioning Autism. Learn more here.
Dr. Marietti has presented a breakout session on Equitable Teaching at the Council for Exceptional Children’s National Convention 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Christina Marietti lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, John. They have five children, Jonah, Thomas, Maria, Timothy, and Tyler.
Thomas Ahrens is the son of Christina Marietti. As a personal hobby he has been drawing since a very young age. He was diagnosed with Developmental Delay at the age of two and then with Autism/ADHD at the age of seven. When Thomas was initially diagnosed, professionals predicated that he may never talk, be able to interact socially with others, drive, go to college or otherwise be independent. Thomas has proven all of them WRONG! Thomas graduated from Big Lake High School in 2014 and from Anoka Ramsey Community College in 2016 with an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing. Thomas does drive, has many friends, and some could argue he doesn’t stop talking. 🙂 He is currently working as a line cook at a professional scratch kitchen and in his spare time continues to write and draw. His inspiration for the visuals on Equitable Teaching comes from a desire to create a neutral character that all students can identify with.
Dr. Christina Marietti is employed by Equitable Teaching, LLC. as an instructor, author, coach, and speaker and receives compensation for her written work, instruction, coaching, and speaking engagements. Dr. Christina Marietti owns the company, Equitable Teaching, LLC. and all related intellectual property.