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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Equity in education

ANet blog

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

We’re proud of the expertise our team has built over our ten years, and we'll be featuring contributions from ANetters across the org on topics in which they’ve immersed themselves.

Help us spread opportunity for all students: please share posts that you find valuable with your colleagues. And please add your thoughts in the comments: we would love this blog to facilitate knowledge-sharing in all directions.

Equity in education

Becky Frutos

Educational equity is when educators provide all students with the high-quality instruction and support they need to reach and exceed a common standard. 

Equity focuses on outcomes for students.

Equity in education demands that we hold the same high expectations for all students, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. It requires leadership, practices, and school culture that guarantee educators help all students meet those expectations. The work of educators is not to lower the bar; it’s to provide all students with the support they need to reach and exceed  the bar so they’re prepared for college, career, or life.  

Equity and equality are different.

 Equity vs Equality © Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire

Equity vs Equality © Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire

Equality suggests providing every student with the same experience. Equity means working to overcome the historical legacy of discrimination, marginalization, and underinvestment that disadvantages specific groups of people, especially defined by race. Equity requires providing support tailored to the specific needs of students.

Although true educational equity remains a distant goal, making progress towards it is a core motivating value for ANet. 

Read about how we and our school partners work to advance equity:

Thinking big picture

 © Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire

© Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire

Here’s another version of the equality/equity visual that has helped so many people think about this issue. Beyond clarifying the distinction between those two terms, this version addresses the broader social justice context and goals that motivate our work.

Read an interesting article on the history of this meme by its creator here.

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