About Liberated Genius
Professional development for culturally relevant pedagogy
Everyone is worth the investment.
We recognize that your genius and liberation are worth the continuous investment. We meet you where you are to help you reach your highest potential.
Wellness is social justice.
We believe that wellness--mind, body, and soul-- is one of the most powerful antidotes to injustice. We believe that wellness is essential in helping people reach their highest and best versions of themselves. For students of color, wellness is the ability to discover their full self and connecting their learning to action. For educators, wellness is the ability to work constructively and fruitfully with students, peers, and parents while maintaining healthy relationships.
Everyone is a genius.
We believe that everyone is a genius. This genius is the thing that moves us consciously and unconsciously making us different from any other being in the multiverse. Tapping into this genius allows us to acquire and apply knowledge in ways beyond our wildest imaginations. It is our unique signature, stamp, brand, and how we carry our true selves. We are geniuses because we exist. Black and Brown students are the change agents for the liberation of and for Black and Brown people and humanity as a whole.
Be the work.
We recognize that to reach your highest and best self is through “being the work” versus “doing the work.” The process of continual growth and improvement in all areas for overall well-being is paramount and is a commitment to the self. “The being” is internalized and as a result “the doing” is a demonstration of “the being.” Educators must make learning engaging, meaningful, and experiential -- where learning leads to action.
Social Justice Defined
A process and a goal. The goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. This includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.
Adams, M., Bell, L.A., and Griffin, P. (Eds.) (2007). Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd ed). New York: Routledge.
The transformed ways in which systems and individuals habitually operate to ensure that every learner—in whatever learning environment that learner is found—has the greatest opportunity to learn enhanced by the resources and supports necessary to achieve competence, excellence, independence, responsibility, and self-sufficiency for school and for life.
Scott, B. (2001, March). Coming of age. IDRA Newsletter.
Who We Are
Liberated Genius is a location-independent creation-space for equity, access and wellness. We bring D.O.P.E.* people together to play, dream, and imagine infinite possibilities where underserved groups are seen, and their genius recognized, nurtured, and celebrated. Together we re-imagine and transform the lives of marginalized youth by providing equitable opportunities through learning and action.
*Designers of Opportunities Pushing Excellence
About Dr. April Warren-Grice
Hello, my name is Dr. April Warren-Grice and I am a connector and village maker. I bring D.O.P.E.* people together to watch the magic happen. To be honest, I am the biggest kid you will ever meet and I get excited helping and inspiring others grow from the inside out—mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually—as we walked in our purpose and used our genius for ourselves and the good of the community. I have been inspiring growth through education since I can remember, and formally as a high school English teacher and administrator, university assistant professor, an educational consultant, and recently as a yoga and meditation facilitator. With over 15 years of experience as an educator, teaching has never been just a job for me, instead, it is what I am, and I align what I am with everything I do around my passions—educational equity and wellness especially for marginalized communities. The two questions that guide me and my work are:
- What would we be like, if we had a diverse network of support that invested in us and encouraged us to continuously walk in our purpose and use our genius to reach our highest aspirations?
- How much more powerful, influential, and impactful could we be if we were really well—mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually—as we walked in our purpose and used our genius for ourselves and the good of the community?
These questions motivate me daily to be the work I teach about, and to help others walk their desired path. As a result of my guiding questions, my own wellness practices, and the fact that I am naturally a connector, I started Liberated Genius to provide support for all those seeking growth and transformation and to align who they are with what they do and who they truly are. As a lead learner, I recognize that I can’t teach what I don’t practice. I must be the work, so here I am, just like you, aligning my genius for liberation. Let’s do this together and #BeTheWork #LiberatedGenius
My K-12 Professional Development Experience
I specialize in leadership and staff development that helps educators create exciting, engaging, and equitable learning environments. From a strengths-based approach, I help educators identify and address forms of marginalization, such as but not limited to race, class, gender, and their intersections, to increase student achievement and leadership, and create a more inclusive learning environment for all. Using pop culture, humor, and personal examples, I bring positive energy and passion to each workshop. In each session I challenge all educators to see and believe that each student is a genius, and to recognize that as educators it is our job to help bring out that genius in all of our students, and to know that we can do it!
My focus in education is always on (1) creating and researching areas related to equity and access, culturally relevant pedagogy and programming, and wellness for underserved students and educators, (2) serving as a bridge of connection for people to move from theory to practice, and (3) connecting academics, practitioners and communities. These three themes drive my teaching and advising philosophy, and current and future research.
Warren-Grice, A. (2017). Advocacy for equity: Extending culturally relevant pedagogy in predominantly White suburban schools. Teachers College Record. 119, 1-26.
Warren-Grice, A., & Parker, L. (2017). Educational cultural negotiators for students of color: A descriptive study of racial advocacy. Race Ethnicity, and Education. (accepted).
Lerma, R., Linick, M., Warren-Grice, A., & Parker, L. (2013). The politics of education: Its development and what is needed for the future for advocacy leadership in a post-racial America. In L. C. Tillman & J. Scheurich (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational leadership for equity and diversity (pp. 22-42). New York: Routledge.
Warren-Grice, A. (2009). Narrative. In B. Davis, Biracial and multiracial student experience: A journey to racial literacy (p. 120). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Books.
Warren-Grice, A. (2000). Harriet Jacobs and Octavia Butler: The slave narrative and the slave narrative revisited in the 20th century. The McNair Scholarly Review of Truman State University 6, 121-132.