Hi! I am Kori Hamilton Biagas, founder of Just Educators. Welcome to our website. I’d like to share a little bit about myself.
I founded Just Educators out of a deep passion to address inequity in the education system. I got my start working as a tutor in a DC housing project and then transitioned to being a secondary teacher in south central Los Angeles. Through those experiences I was able to witness first hand the impact of inequity and injustice on young people. However, it was not until my work with the Equity Alliance at ASU, that I truly began to see the role that I have in changing the education system for kiddos. Serving as a professional development and technical assistance provider, I saw the power of dialogue around the sensitive topics of injustice, inequity, bias, and privilege. Meeting people where they are in an authentic and respectful manner is core to my approach, and essential to changing hearts and minds.
My localized work at regional education centers addressed educational inequity and discrimination on the basis of (dis)ability, gender, national origin, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. While engaged in this work I also explored the implications of implicit & explicit bias on school culture and climate; school transformation from a culturally responsive lens; alternatives to exclusionary discipline practices; and using data to interrupt pathways from schools to prisons.
I am both grateful and fortunate to work with a dynamic and knowledgeable team of consultants from across the country. We strive to provide relevant, timely, and high quality technical assistance and training to our clients. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to learn with and from you in the future.
Justice is for all.
Kori Hamilton Biagas
Our newest consultant, Elaine Mulligan, is an education dissemination specialist who previously served as Dissemination Director for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center), Project Director for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), and Dissemination Lead for the Equity Alliance at Arizona State University. Elaine is an expert in dissemination planning for education projects, website management, and social media. She also served as the Assistant Director for NIUSI-LeadScape, planning and delivering professional learning and culturally responsive coaching to principals of inclusive schools. Prior to her dissemination work, Elaine was a career special educator with classroom experience from preschool through high school.
Elaine has a long history with our founder, beginning with their work together at the Equity Alliance at ASU and continuing through their work at NICHCY. Elaine’s experience in developing professional learning materials and managing dissemination meshes perfectly with Kori’s passion for and experience in providing technical assistance and professional learning around social justice and culturally responsive practices. We welcome her to the Just Educators team and look forward to many more years of productive collaboration!