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Becoming a More Equitable Educator

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  1. Unit 0: Mindsets and Practices for Equity Teaching
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  2. Unit 1: Seeing and Valuing Individuals through an Equity Lens
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  3. Unit 2: Seeing and Valuing Students Through Asset Framing
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  4. Unit 3: Seeing and Valuing Differences though Challenging Conversations
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  5. Unit 4: Addressing Equity in a Community Context
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  6. Unit 5: The Lifelong Work of Equity Teaching
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In the previous video, Derek Jensen from PSI High notes: 

“When we look at student achievement data…despite all of the interventions of the last 20 years, and all of the programs, and the software, and the initiatives, we still have a significant and disturbing discipline gap, we still have an academic and achievement gap, a testing gap, we have all of these data points that are still not getting much better and that in some cases are increasing in bad ways. So we have to do something different.”

Here is some data about the disparities facing students in the US today. The links below will connect you to articles, peer-reviewed research studies, and reports by government and non-government organizations. 

Many US children are facing gaps in the education opportunities they have, particularly students of color and low-income students. They face disparities in educational funding, teacher experience and access to higher-level academic coursework, and teachers’ expectations. While having teachers and role models from similar backgrounds can help students, bias and low expectations are more likely to impact students of color when there is a demographic mismatch between teacher and pupil, which is increasingly common given demographic trends of teachers and students in the US.

The impacts of these opportunity gaps can be seen in many areas, including: disparities in standardized test scores, disparities in graduation rates for many groups (including students with disabilities and low-income students), increased rates of school discipline for LGBTQ students, and dramatically higher school suspension rates for Black students than White students (starting as early as preschool).   

These are examples of how structural inequalities, such as racism, classism, ableism, and homophobia play out in US schools. We hope this provides some context for why we made this course, and we hope our work together helps you consider how you might work to close some of these opportunity gaps, and build strong relationships cross-culturally in schools, classrooms, and communities. We’re excited that you’re joining us on this journey.  


Malik, Rasheed. 2017. “New Data Reveal 250 Preschoolers Are Suspended or Expelled Every Day.” Center for American Progress. November 6.