School leaders should foster fair, inclusive communities for staff and students with diverse backgrounds. In this Insight survey domain, teachers assess whether promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is a clear and broadly shared priority at their school, and whether the school's talent management practices and overall culture advance that priority.

Recommendations

Based on our extensive experience, TNTP recommends the following as evidence-based practices for this domain:

  • Create a district equity statement and a data-informed and mission-aligned DEI strategy aimed at deepening awareness of structural inequity as detailed in The Opportunity Myth, expanding internal capacity to view work through an equity lens, strengthening inclusive leadership practices, and establishing systems and structures to support ongoing equity work.
  • Create a concrete, transparent, and measurable district equity plan that includes the voices of students, staff, families, and community members of all cultures and perspectives to ensure all stakeholders are provided an environment and resources necessary for students to reach their greatest potential.
  • Conduct an equity audit to identify strengths, opportunities and areas for growth in school and district-level decisions—from the diversity of staff at all levels to which students are enrolled in honors courses—that give some groups greater access than others to key resources as identified in The Opportunity Myth.
  • Build an inclusive and equitable environment by providing foundational learning opportunities and ongoing conversation that directly respond to the realities of identity, bias, and institutional inequities across all leadership levels.

Resources

ResourceDescription
National SEED ProjectAn organization that trains leaders to guide conversations around educational equity and diversity
Teaching ToleranceA collection of free resources for educators to create inclusive school communities
How to be an AntiracistA video of a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi on antiracism
The Cognitive Bias CodexA visual of the many different kinds of cognitive biases to help normalize the idea that everyone has bias
Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E FiarmanAn exploration of how unconscious bias affects teachers and students
The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation by Shane SafirA practical guide to addressing equity challenges and increasing equitable student outcomes
Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity: A Leader′s Guide to Using Data to Change Hearts and Minds, 1st Edition by Edward A. Fergus A guide to exploring disproportionality and making changes that lead to more equitable outcomes
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race by Caprice Hollins and Ilsa GovanA facilitation text to create brave, safe, and cognitive challenging spaces through conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion

Additional Support

TNTP has deep expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you need help strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion in your school or school system, fill out this short form and someone from TNTP will be in touch soon to discuss how we can best support you.

Case Study

In the spring of 2019, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) launched the Talent Diversification Pilot. Through this program, districts received grant funds in service of building their internal pipeline(s) to diversify their teaching staff. TNTP has been supporting this work over the last year, guided by a theory of action that demands a strategic approach that simultaneously builds the district's cultural proficiency and enhances talent practices. TNTP is facilitating three different levels of support that reach all 23 districts who are engaging in intentional talent diversification work: developing tools and resources for Teacher Diversification Pilot grantees, supporting DESE’s Center for Instructional Support in convening a group of districts to share learning around building a more diverse workforce, and providing customized technical assistance to a cohort of five districts in support of the design and implementation of an integrated talent diversification strategy. As part of this support, and beyond, TNTP has designed and led trainings across the state around Cultural Proficiency, Identity, and Bias and on Hiring and Talent Bias, and supported districts to prioritize deeply understanding the experiences of staff, students and families of color.

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