The Path to Equity


When D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and Leading Educators launched LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice) in 2016, many saw the potential for a groundbreaking teaching and learning evolution. More than three years later, “The Path to Instructional Excellence and Equitable Outcomes,” a new report from Learning Forward, shares lessons learned from instruction-focused investments that have paid off for students and teachers.


  • Learning cycles focused on quality instructional materials and high expectations for students improve how teachers teach.

  • Bringing to life a strong instructional vision that centers high-quality curricula and equity is complex and requires intensive support for educators.

  • Collaboration with external support providers can accelerate alignment of an instructional vision throughout a system.

  • A plan for intentional scaling and intentional development of leaders throughout a system is essential for success.

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