Every Client receives a uniquely tailored proposal. Here are some examples of the services we are able to provide.
Executive Alignment and Support
The Equity Collaborative will partner and provide equity focused Executive Alignment Leadership Coaching to any identified district/school leader to lead toward identified district-wide and school-wide goals for improved student performance. We will focus on developing the district and school leaders’ skill, knowledge and capacity to support the staff in becoming Culturally Competent. The job-embedded coaching will offer frameworks and align customizable tools to help district and school leaders listen to the school communities that they serve. These tools will help identify and assess the ways classroom structure, school climate, and teaching practices shape and codify policies and actions to reach the identified district and school wide goals.
Leadership and Team Development
In order for district and school leaders to translate strategic plans into transformational change at the classroom level, educational leaders must develop their will, skill, knowledge, capacity, and emotional intelligence to be able to influence teacher practice in becoming culturally competent educators. This series of workshops will employ a coaching based approach for district and school leaders to develop and lead effective instructional conversations focused on reaching equitable outcomes. Educators have to be skillful in talking about, and coaching towards, equity in a way that allows others to embrace change. These skills will help support the social, emotional, and intellectual development of students who have traditionally been underserved. We use coaching techniques to develop and strengthen school leaders’ work in becoming more effective educators, teammates, and leaders for equity.
2-Day Racial Equity Institute
A two-day workshop designed to introduce key concepts and practices to move a district and school system toward equitable outcomes for underserved students and families. This workshop supports educators to deepen their understanding of how race and culture influence human behaviors and thus, teaching and learning. The workshop also allows staff interactive opportunities to reflect on their own role in perpetuating institutional oppression. It explores using an equity lens to examine school instructional practices and learning environments. The workshop is designed to support district and school leaders to develop internal capacity for equity leadership. Additionally, the program design allows schools to customize the implementation to fit the needs of their district, schools, and the skills of their school team leaders. A scholarly review of the impact of our Racial Equity Institute was published in the Journal of Community Psychology.
Culturally Responsive Practice Workshops
The Equity Collaborative bring particular expertise in fostering cultures of collaboration and inquiry while designing structures that promote these habits of mind and work.
The Culturally Responsive Instruction Workshops will help educators
- deepen their understanding of how race and culture influence teaching and learning,
- skillfully listen and question students in a way that allows them to embrace their own learning,
- reflect on and replace current reproductive practices with new relational and instructional practices that support the social, emotional, and intellectual development of students who have traditionally been underserved.
Equity Focused Instructional Coaching Development
This series will employ a coaching based approach to support educators to develop and lead effective instructional conversations focused on reaching equitable outcomes. District leaders, principals, and teachers have to be skillful in talking about, and coaching towards, equity in a way that allows others to embrace change. This will help replace current reproductive practices with new relational and instructional practices that support the social, emotional, and intellectual development of students who have traditionally been underserved. Therefore, as coaches they must be able to utilize and model listening and reflective questioning skills that allow teachers to embrace and develop as culturally responsive teachers. The participants will examine their coaching and facilitation styles with a focus on educational equity by developing and practicing specific coaching skills.
Engaging Student Voice
Often the most effective equity change work is based in Engaging Student Voice. The authentic voice of students can be used to inform everything from high-level policy changes to classroom practices. The key is to engage students in a meaningful way with facilitation that helps them analyze their schooling experience and explore possibilities for change. The Student Six model engages students in providing staff development on culturally responsive instruction. Arts-based student engagement workshops produce tools that can be used to promote reflection and change among school staff. Student focus groups offer an easy opportunity to gather feedback and guidance on a wide range of topics.