Most educators mean well, but racist structures oppress students despite the good intentions of individuals. Low expectations based on unconscious biases harm students generation after generation.Read More
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Filtering by Category: Equity
Educational equity is when educators provide all students with high-quality instruction and support they need to reach and exceed a common standard.Read More
“My students aren’t going to learn this anyway, so why are we teaching it?”
The question hung heavy in the air of the professional learning session, but no one responded to the teacher who asked it.Read More
In an interview with ANet, Kimberly Phillips, principal of University Prep Science and Math Elementary, describes how her school creates equity through rich math tasks.Read More
Black History Month is a step in the right direction, but it’s a small step. To truly advance equity, Black history and contributions—and those of other underrepresented groups—must be woven into our teaching all year, not just during a single month.Read More
ANet CEO Mora Segal appeared on The Education Conversation with Ryan Knight, a podcast about how individuals and organizations create change in education. Listen to the podcast!Read More
I remember vividly my middle school teacher gave us a word search as a final exam. Was this all he thought we could do?
As an adult, I’ve learned that if you set the bar too low for kids, they believe that’s all they’re capable of.Read More
An email from CEO Mora Segal to the ANet team.
Tyree King. Keith Lamont Scott. Terrence Crutcher.
My heart is heavy at the start of this work day as we’re faced, yet again, with the brutal consequences of racism in America. At least 214 black people killed by police in 2016. I will be honest in saying that I find myself, again, at a loss for words, and struggling with so many questions about what to do.
As I grapple with how to make sense of senselessness, my mind keeps wandering back to an interaction I observed last week.
I was in DC and got to sit in on a coaching interaction with a charter school. At one point, there was a knock on the door. It was a 6th grade girl who looked at the five adults in the room with surprise and immediate shyness. The director of curriculum and instruction said, “Serena! Don’t worry about us, how can I help you?” Serena [name changed to respect confidentiality] asked if she could borrow another book from the instructional leader’s overflowing shelves of options. “You finished the last one already?” the leader asked her with surprised delight. Serena nodded with an ear-to-ear grin.
After Serena picked out a thick book and proudly shared its title with us, she thanked the leader and left. The leader smiled at all of us, put her hand to her heart, and explained that she had Serena when she was in 2nd grade. Back then, her literacy skills were two grade levels behind where they needed to be, and she would not willingly pick up a book. As of this past year, she is now reading at grade level; and she’s shown up at this leader’s door two times in four days because she just loves to read.
As this interaction with Serena unfolded, I found myself thinking, “THIS is what we are in this for.”
I share this story with you all not to change the subject or to sugar coat the current circumstances. I share it with you because it’s what’s giving me energy this morning to show up and do what I can to support as many stories like Serena’s as possible. This morning she is my hope, and you all—doing all the hard work you do to support her and her peers—are my inspiration.
Zachary Parker, an experienced coach with ANet District of Columbia, recently wrote to the school leaders he works with on the subject of equity.Read More
Meredith Liben, director of literacy and English language arts at Student Achievement Partners talks about the Common Core Literacy State Standards as a tool for ensuring equally high expectations for all students. [2:27 video]Read More
At ANet, we believe dedicated educators deserve respect and support. Our mission is to serve as a genuine partner, making their work easier and more effective. We want to help them provide opportunity for all students—not “disrupt” their profession or profit from the K–12 “market.”Read More
An ANet coach shares her reaction to recent events in Baltimore.Read More
An ANet coach draws passion from inequities not just between, but also within communities.Read More
ANet’s co-founder and president argues that we all need to pay attention to the harmful biases simple words can communicate.Read More
We believe that addressing the achievement gap is primarily a moral issue. It's about what kind of society we want to live in, what kind of future we want for our country's kids.
But a new study highlights a more prosaic justification for working to make education more equitable: boosting economic growth.Read More