Getting an “A” in Equity™ School Transformation Model

Awareness

Support educators in becoming more culturally aware of the students and the community they serve, and how that awareness supports culturally conscious schools and classroom instruction.

Attitudes

Enhance the high expectations of educators for all students to reach their maximum potential which will transform the educators’ attitude into positive behaviors and practices.

Accountability

Implement and restore accountability systems and measures to ensure all educators and community stakeholders are held accountable, and are actively involved in creating equity-based environments, for all students to exceed achievement and performance targets.

Analysis

Provide in-depth analysis (quantitatively and qualitatively) of policies, procedures, practices, and pedagogies that enhance the level of equity-based decision making in the districts, school sites, and classrooms to meet the needs of every student. Deep analysis of one’s personal racial identity development and how the educators connect instructional practice with student empowerment.

Action

Take action by implementing equity-based and culturally conscious instructional strategies and support structures that are data driven to ensure that equality in reaching grade level standards is achieved for all students.

The following are the key components to support school-wide Equity training:

Instructional leadership
Common school focus
Focused teacher collaboration
Development of measurable instructional objectives
Frequent monitoring of student progress and teacher behaviors that lead to student learning
Frequent use of assessments
Integration of Culturally Relevant instructional materials
Understanding of how culture, race, and linguistic diversity impact instruction (DuFour, 2004 & Gay, 2005)