Andratesha fritzgerald

Pain, Power, Honor: The Journey to Putting


into Practice


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We cannot, in good conscience or in good teaching, stand by and watch another generation be marginalized because we don’t take action.

Inaction is agreement.
Inaction is racism.
Inaction is injustice.
Inaction is inhumane.
Inaction is not an option.

Andratesha Fritzgerald

Andratesha Fritzgerald is a national speaker, author and inclusive practices implementation consultant. Her life’s work is to awaken, celebrate and activate brilliance by breaking barriers and stereotypes of teachers, leaders and students to actualize achievement wherever it seems impossible. A self-proclaimed book nerd, Jeopardy enthusiast and imagination expert, she loves writing and dreaming out loud with her husband, two children and committed educators who believe in academic success for all. Author of the new book Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning (CAST 2020), Andratesha has helped individuals, organizations, schools and districts change their thoughts and actions to make equity a reality. Connect with her on Twitter @FritzTesha


“The work of antiracism is active, not passive. Antiracists are not born, nor can a teacher be made an antiracist. Each individual must choose to actively recognize racist barriers and do the work to tear them down”. (pg. 33)

“UDL offers a framework for customizing goals, methods, materials, and assessment that showcare the brilliance of every student, not just one “type” of learner” (Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014; Novak, 2016) – (pg. 47)


The word antiracism carries with it a punch that demands attention.  Sometimes the data points steal the attention, yet deeply hidden underneath the numbers and percentages are the underpinnings of systemic racism that perpetuate these outcomes by racial membership. This session will help teachers and leaders proactively name and eliminate barriers – academic, behavioral, social and emotional – to universally design educational experiences that build on the brilliance of every child. 

This session will equip participants with tools to: 

  • Evaluate the current state of education in their educational institution. 
  • Identify the impact the code of power vs the code of honor on antiracist practice implementation
  • Begin developing immediate and long term plans for creating universally designed and antiracist learning environments.