Building Equity Awareness and Capacity

Being culturally responsive involves learning about your own perceptions of students & then creating equitable learning experiences for them
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About This Strategy

The Building Equity Awareness and Capacity strategy contains tools to help teachers explore their perceptions about students and then learn about what it means to be an equitable educator.

Implementation Steps

30 minutes
  1. Complete the Common Beliefs Survey linked in the resources section below, then read the Unpacking the Common Beliefs Survey in the resources section below, and analyze your responses to the survey by answering the questions to consider.

  2. Share the results of your Common Beliefs Survey with a trusted colleague, and make time to discuss the questions to consider in the Unpacking Common Beliefs resource.  

  3. Read the Equity Literacy for All article linked in the resources section below to develop a deeper understanding of how to create an equitable learning environment for your students. You can also take one of the Diversity Awareness Quizzes linked in the resources section below.  

  4. Share the Equity Literacy for All article with your grade level team or PLC.

Questions to Consider

  • When did you first begin to form your beliefs about the role that race and ethnicity play in your instruction?

  • What has most influenced you when it comes to your beliefs about race, culture, and equity in education?

  • What shifts do you need to make in the way you consider race, culture and equity in education?

  • How will you hold yourself accountable for recognizing and responding to bias, discrimination, and inequities in a thoughtful and equitable manner?

  • Are there colleagues or collaborators in your school who can partner with you to cultivate and sustain bias-free learning communities?

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