Ayo Magwood

Ayo Magwood (Uprooting Inequity LLC) is an educational consultant specializing in in-depth, evidence-based education on historical and structural racism for both adults and students. These presentations include primary and secondary historical evidence, data, quantitative maps, research studies and original diagrams/images, and each session represents 300-400 hours of research, synthesis, and graphic design work. She breaks down grad-school-level social science research, data, and abstract concepts into engaging narratives and visuals. 

Ayo also trains educators on how to teach about historical and structural racism. My “ProEquity Framework” is an evidence-based K-12 instructional framework for teaching about historical and structural racism that fosters civic reasoning and discourse skills, develops an “honest yet appreciative” view of U.S. history, and builds an “equity-conscious ‘we’ identity”. The ProEquity framework prepares students to work together across ideological and identity differences to analyze the historical roots of societal challenges and develop equitable policy solutions that promote the common good. The objective is to foster a “we” society that is conscious of differences in subgroup needs and structural challenges.

She also train educators on how to use data, quantitative maps, and ArcGIS to analyze social justice Issues.

Ayo has a B.A. in economics and international relations from Brown University and a M.Sc. in applied economics from Cornell University. She has over 10 years of classroom experience in both majority low-income Black/Latino charter schools and majority high-income White private schools. Ayo is the author of the book chapter “Why ‘Elite’ Independent Schools Can’t Retain Black and Brown Faculty” in K. Swalwell & D. Spikes (Eds.) Anti-Oppressive Education in “Elite” Schools: Promising Practices and Cautionary Tales (2021), co-author of the article “5 Ways to Teach About Structural Racism in Polarized Times” in Psychology Today, and co-author of the article “Using Conceptual Tensions and Supreme Court Cases to Increase Critical Thinking in Government and Civics Classrooms” in Social Education (Vol. 77 No. 4, Sep 2013).

She has presented on behalf of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), New York State Association of Independent Schools (NY-SAIS), and the Association for Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS). She presented three sessions at Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV)’s 2022 conference and a full-day equity seminar at NAIS’ 2021 People of Color Conference (PoCC). She alsopresented two sessions at Teaching Black History 2022 annual conference, and a full-day clinic at NCSS’ 2022 annual conference.