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Teaching for Equity

Supporting Students

Teaching has the power to bring all students closer to the future they imagine for themselves. That’s why we’ve taken this moment of crisis to reimagine how our education system can build on the brilliance of teachers–not replace it–to better serve the students furthest from opportunity.

Teaching for Equity is an integrated vision designed to guide you to reflect on your teaching, to support whole students, and to live out your commitments to anti-racism.

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Teaching for Equity is not a prescription. Rather, it’s an invitation to reflect on your strengths and prioritize areas for new learning in an integrated way. Download your copy to explore three strands of classroom practices, supportive beliefs, and teaching moves designed to create greater opportunity for students to learn.

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A Cohesive Approach Designed from Lessons Learned

Teaching for equity means using your practice to disrupt inequities, transform students’ experiences and outcomes, and create a more just and joyful world. We must not only be aware of identity and complex needs but also be experts in our content. To support you, we address:

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How can I leverage research and theory in practical ways in my classroom?

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How can I ensure rigor and relevance in my teaching to meet the expectations of the standards while also engaging my students?

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How can I use practices that honor students’ identities and experiences, affirm them as learners, and support them to succeed in school and life?

Vision at a Glance

Teaching for Equity is more than a framework. It’s an action guide that translates complex research into teacher beliefs, practices, and resources. 

The beliefs in the three classroom strands offer a cohesive vision of educational opportunity and the teacher mindsets that support it. These connect to a menu of practices that suggest daily action. In addition to the work inside of classrooms, we acknowledge that no one teacher can do this work alone. Teachers also need resources, both personally and systemically. Therefore, the classroom strands build upon two resource strands. Scroll down to learn about each component in detail.

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Learn With Us!

To bring the ideas in Teaching for Equity to life, we designed a series of free learning events addressing equity from different vantage points.

Visit the link below to watch all three on demand!

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Take Action

Ensuring access to equitable and excellent teaching for students across this country will take all of us. Are you ready to take action?

Head over to our action center for ideas for getting started! Over the next year, we’ll be listening and learning with the goal of lifting up stories that make this vision more actionable. Using these practices in your context will help educators across the country learn more of what works for equity.

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We are offering a limited number of briefings, workshops, and strategy sessions to school system leaders, support organizations, and think tanks. Get in touch with us using the form below.

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Thank you to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for making this research possible. We also celebrate the dozens of teachers, leaders, and researchers who contributed wisdom and lived experiences to the design process.

Much of the photography on this site and the Teachig for Equity publication was provided by Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Photos by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.