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.
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.
|National SEED Project||An organization that trains leaders to guide conversations around educational equity and diversity|
|Teaching Tolerance||A collection of free resources for educators to create inclusive school communities|
|How to be an Antiracist||A video of a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi on antiracism|
|The Cognitive Bias Codex||A 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 Fiarman||An exploration of how unconscious bias affects teachers and students|
|The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation by Shane Safir||A 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 Govan||A facilitation text to create brave, safe, and cognitive challenging spaces through conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion|
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