Building an Equity Mindset for an Inclusive School Culture

Focus Area: Principalship


Phase: Targeted Support

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Effective principals create a responsive and inclusive school culture that puts the varied needs of diverse stakeholders at the center of the school program. Research confirms that building a reflective school culture focused on continuous growth that advances equity for historically underserved students is among the strategies that have the greatest impact on accelerating student learning and are also the most labor intensive for principals (McQueen, 2021). Within this topic, BL Coaches will lead principals in understanding and evaluating their role in advocating for educational equity at the campus level.


This learning experience is designed for those newer to the Principal role, assistant principals, and teacher leaders developing leadership knowledge and skills.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


I use equity as a lens to evaluate programming in my leadership practice, mitigate resistance as needed, and enact strategies to ensure equitable outcomes for stakeholders.

Learning Experience

Frame the Problem of Practice

  • Define educational equity
  • Examine the various types of inequity
  • Self-reflect on current practice to determine sources of inequity and ability to respond when observed

Explore the Problem of Practice

  • Collaborate in groups to explore ways to Build Equity Awareness and Capacity as a school leader using BL Strategy
  • Evaluate and discuss specific strategies to enhance equity-literacy

Action Plan to Address the Problem of Practice

  • Create and share a self-reflection video specifying 1-2 ways to use equity as a lens in practice.
  • Plan to share the reflection video in the Community Discussion Board as a follow-up to the VW to prepare for 1:1 coaching