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.
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:
As we begin the 2021-22 school year, I’m inspired by knowing the work we do together as educators changes students’ lives. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the work of Bob Moses, late teacher and civil rights activist, who recognized math education as a tool for changing the outcomes for our Black and historically marginalized students.
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This week as we celebrate Juneteenth, I have been reflecting on Black Liberation; where we are, where we aren’t. Over the past several years, it has been inspiring to see more schools and districts across the country committing to anti-racism and understanding their role in advancing racial equity.
In the spirit of enhancing the freedom of others and working together toward true liberation, we encourage you to use this coming Saturday, June 19th, 2021 as a day of both reflection and action across individuals, work teams, families and communities.
As teachers and leaders work to close the ever-widening literacy gap, are they actually engaging in practices that further inequities for our most vulnerable students?
A simple change in terminology might seem insignificant, but constantly examining the words we use and the biases behind them helps remove barriers to equitable instruction.
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.
“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.
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.
Thinking big picture
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.