Equity and Access
Systemic Racism in Schools
Anti-racist Instruction for K-8
Disrupting Deficit Narratives
We live in a country in which structural inequities manifest themselves in many ways, and in which the public education system has contributed to and continues to perpetuate those inequalities. Marginalized students, students experiencing poverty, and students of color in the United States have been explicitly and implicitly held to lower expectations and denied access to high-quality educational opportunities, which has resulted in unequal opportunity and access. Education is the way to change this narrative and promote a more equitable society, yet our educational system continues to perpetuate the status quo. Only by first embracing and acknowledging that every student is a complex and unique expression of their identities, experiences, and values, can we begin to build diverse and inclusive schools. Additionally, we can begin to build equitable schools by ensuring that all students have the resources and conditions to succeed, given their particular strengths and needs. By reflecting on and enacting changes to the educational system that focus on examining structures, systems, and beliefs, we will be able to embrace our diversity and put equity into action through inclusive education.
What We Believe:
We believe that all educators need opportunities to develop their own cultural competence (e.g., skills, strategies, mindsets, and dispositions) so they are better prepared to design and sustain culturally responsive learning environments that facilitate the development of culturally competent students.
We believe that all students--of all races, ethnicities, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds--must receive an education that will equip them to thrive emotionally, academically and professionally. To do so, we believe that educators must employ anti-racist practices and disrupt deficit narratives through examining their own biases, advantages, and practices, and supporting their students to do the same.
We believe that it is essential that teachers expose and acknowledge both the historical and ongoing implications of racism as a foundational step toward developing students' commitment to and ability to take action against social injustice.
BL Blog Posts
5 Considerations for Leading Equity Work in Your District. November 5, 2019
Bland, Shakiyya Ed.D. Teaching Math Isn't Just About the Numbers. It's About Us. February 9, 2021.
Hawks, Natalee. Four Ways to Begin to Change the Narrative about American Indians in K-12 Instruction. December 4, 2019.
Lyons, Lindsay. To Improve Equity in Your School, Try Shared Leadership. September 1, 2020.
McLeod-Bluver, Caitlin. Understanding Our Own Implicit Bias: 5 Tips for Becoming a More Reflective Educator. December 10, 2019.
Mills, Afrika Afeni. Black History Month Reimagined. February 2, 2021.
Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator. Published by Wheaton College
How to Be an Antiracist Educatorr. ASCD. October 2019.
Forms of Racism. Published by Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Critical consciousness: A key to student achievement. Published by KappaOnline.
The Role of Critical Consciousness in Helping Students Dismantle Systems of Oppression. Published by Edvestors.
Creating the Space to Talk About Race in Your School. Published by the National Education Association.
Torres, Christina. All Students Need Anti-racism Education. Learning for Justice. July 30, 2020.
A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice. Published by Cult of Pedagogy.
An Instructor's Guide to Understanding Privilege. Published by Inclusive Teaching.
Identifying and Disrupting Deficit Thinking Published by The National Center for Institutional Diversity.