Teaching for Equity
Teaching for equity can 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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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.
A Cohesive Approach Designed from Lessons Learned
Teaching for Equity is neither a prescription nor something brand new. Rather, it’s an invitation to reflect on your strengths and prioritize areas for new learning in an integrated way. It’s a collection of the wisdom that has existed in classrooms, communities, and the field for generations.
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:
How can I leverage research and theory in practical ways in my classroom?
How can I ensure rigor and relevance in my teaching to meet the expectations of the standards while also engaging my students?
How can I use practices that honor students’ identities and experiences, affirm them as learners, and support them to succeed in school and life?
Ways you can draw from grade-level standards and curriculum to ensure access to rigorous, and culturally responsive content
Ways you can create and model caring, affirming relationships across the school community
Ways you can ensure that daily instruction fosters an interdependent community where all students can learn
Inputs that enable systemic change beyond and inclusive the classroom as well as the prerequisite beliefs and commitments necessary for equitable teaching
Video: Students Speak!
To celebrate the launch of Teaching for Equity, we hosted “Students Speak! What Equity Means to Me,” an all-student panel about experiences in school, dreams for the future, and advice for educators. Check out the recording below.
Learn With Us!
To bring the ideas in Teaching for Equity to life, we are hosting a series of free learning events, the next on March 3. This roundtable conversation with researchers and leaders who contributed to Teaching for Equity will cover how academics, well-being, and anti-racism intersect to create equitable experiences for students.
Visit the link below to sign up (or receive a link to the recording if you are unable to attend)!
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.
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.
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