Enablers

Building the Foundation

The classroom practices described in this framework sit within the context of larger systems that shape students’ opportunities even before their education journey begins. To reach true equity, work in classrooms must be coupled with active efforts to disrupt and transform the system that perpetuate racism in schools and communities.

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Values & Beliefs

While the heart of the Teaching for Equity framework is expressed through 15 beliefs and aligned practices, we also offer a set of foundational beliefs and practices to create a strong, entry-point for working with the framework. We invite other educators to explore these values, beliefs, and practices as foundational supports for how to approach reflection, learning, and practice with the framework.

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Systemic Resources

Years of partnerships and the research on instruction and professional learning have helped us distill the characteristics that make some school systems more successful than others at reaching strong teaching and leadership at scale. These learning conditions include: 

with meaningful roles that creates collective ownership

are high-quality and aligned to college and career readiness standards

for teachers to collaborate and learn together

to ensure there is a clear set of focused instructional goals.

Ways to Center Equity

The classroom practices described in this framework sit within the context of larger systems that shape students’ opportunities even before their education journey begins. To reach true equity, work in classrooms must be coupled with active efforts to disrupt and transform the system that perpetuate racism in schools and communities.

Just a few examples of working for equity at the systems level include:

Equity-Centered Decisions:

Analyzing policies and outcomes across lines of difference

Responding to different needs:

Redistributing supports and resources in service of students who are historically underserved

Behavior Policies:

Replacing punitive discipline policies with restorative justice

Accounting for Power:

Building meaningful engagement opportunities to share power, voice, leadership, and resources with students, families, and communities

Professional Learning and Change Management:

Investing time and resources to support adults’ learning, collaboration, and wholeness in service of a richer vision of student success, and more

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Take Action

Ready to make changes in your practice? Head over to our action center!

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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