Faces of Equity
Most Americans believe that equity in education is important, but they may not know exactly what it looks like or how it can be achieved. Laws and government budgets play an important role in educational equity, but it is shaped largely by the personal relationships that educators forge with students every day. As students of color have recently become the majority in our public school classrooms, and the teaching force remains largely Caucasian, teachers are likelier than ever to support students from cultural and linguistic backgrounds very different from their own. Partners in School Innovation works to improve teacher-student connections to ensure that all children in our partner schools receive the attention and support they deserve. The key is culturally responsive teaching and learning, which builds on the assets that students bring to school and situates instruction in students’ experiences and frames of reference. Faces of Equity is a Partners in School Innovation photoblog that captures images of teachers, principals, and our organization’s School Innovation Partners doing on-the-ground equity work and helping transform under-performing schools and districts. Throughout the school year, Partners will showcase educators, practitioners and supporters who are doing their part to help bring about equity in education across the country so that all students, regardless of background, can thrive. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to receive updates from this campaign, as well as timely news and information from Partners.