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Becki Cohn-Vargas

Cohn-Vargas, Becki

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD, is the coauthor, with Dorothy Steele, of Identity Safe Classrooms Grades K–5: Places to Belong and Learn. In 2020, she coauthored Identity Safe Classrooms Grades 6–12: Pathways to Belonging and Learning. She designs curriculum, publishes articles, coaches schools, and produces films for Teaching Tolerance, Edutopia, Not In Our Town, and other organizations. She presents internationally at conferences and provides professional development in schools and districts. Dr. Cohn-Vargas began her 35-year career in early childhood education in Sonoma County, California. She lived abroad for five years where she did earthquake relief at a hospital in the Guatemalan Highlands and produced educational films for the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education. She returned to California and worked as a teacher and principal in Oakland, curriculum director in Palo Alto, and as superintendent of a small district in San Jose. She also served as an adjunct professor at University of San Diego, Mills College, and Cal State University, East. Bay. In each setting, she focused on educational equity and effective strategies for diverse populations. Dr. Cohn-Vargas and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three adult children and one grandchild.