Equity isn’t something you can create with a one-time initiative or awareness campaign. It must be woven into the very fabric of your school or district. For education leaders, it requires “a special ear and eye to histories strengths and challenges of people who aren’t like us,” said Joe Feldman, CEO of Crescendo Education Group.
California educators face a unique challenge: teaching the nation’s largest and most diverse student population in a way that’s equitable for everyone. Many fear they’re not up to the task. One study found that although 76 percent of new teachers are trained to teach an ethnically diverse classroom, fewer than 4 in 10 say their training has actually helped them cope with the challenges they face.
Fueled by new directives to create equitable outcomes for all students, California schools are re-evaluating how they serve disadvantaged learners. But many will make a crucial error: mistaking equity for equality.