5 Ways to Support Teachers in Combatting Inequities

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Cross Country Education
August 24, 2020 13:25 PM (GMT-05:00)

How District Leaders and School Administrators can Help Teachers Build Fair and Just Classrooms

The 2020-21 school year will be incomparable to any other as the global pandemic rages on with countless unknowns and ever-changing factors. Our students with the least will have lost the most. Systemic racism that enables injustice, coupled with the impact of COVID-19, is widening the opportunity gap for our students of color, especially our Black and Brown youth. 
It is our obligation to take urgent action to explicitly address the inequities that have existed for centuries and continue to be exacerbated within our educational system. 
Here are tips and resources for district and school leaders so they may support teachers: 
  1. Provide ongoing training and support on developing cultural competencies and being an antiracist. As citizens, and especially as teachers, it is fundamental that we listen deeply to those who are different from us. This way, we can understand how to relate without preconceived notions of their identity and experience. To increase learning opportunities for all students, teachers must be knowledgeable about the social and cultural contexts of teaching and learning. 
  2. Provide teaching and curriculum resources that support social justice and establish culturally responsive classrooms. 
  3. Ensure that social-emotional learning and development is explicitly taught and embedded within your school culture, allowing all students to access educational opportunities. 
    • The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has created a SEL roadmap offering 4 critical practices with 3-5 activities for each area. 
    • SEL Lessons and Activities for Teachers offers 4 weeks of daily discussion questions and activities that students can do at home. Technology is not required. 
    • The Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports features a user-friendly guide to supporting states, districts, schools, educators and students through a MTSS framework during the 20-21 school year. 
  4. Provide initial and ongoing tech training and support. Teachers need to become well-versed in navigating the Learning Management System of your organization and in using its embedded tools and resources. Learning to maximize the use of technology is critical for effective online instruction for all students. 
  5. Lastly, as always, continue to offer teachers opportunities to lead, to share resources and to serve as subject area experts as well as mentors to newer teachers in the field. 
    • Provide new teachers with curriculum guides that include resources for implementation along with example schedules. This can help them streamline their planning and instead, focus on establishing culturally responsive classrooms and effectively implementing instructional plans.
For more on how you can help foster equity and fairness in the classroom, check out these resources from our educators, school support professionals, and leaders at Cross Country Education:

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