Tangible Equity is our most popular series. It is a three-part workshop series for educators that is designed to be done over the course of a school year.
Prioritizing the academic success of low-income, students of color is a necessary piece of the educational equity puzzle. But academic success alone does not provide the transformational impact these students need to transcend generational poverty, systemic racism, and countless barriers our unjust society places in their way.
To ensure students are not just equipped to succeed in an unfair world that often requires them to work twice as hard to get half as far, school system leaders, educators, students, and families must be part of an intentional effort to help our students become the change our society needs.
Tangible Equity provides school systems with concrete strategies to address equity and academic rigor in a way that educators can immediately seamlessly integrate with your existing curriculum.
Brilliance is distributed equally. But too often, opportunity is not. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the strongest possible case for prioritizing critical thinking instruction, but we still treat critical thinking as a luxury good. Equity requires educators to remove the systemic barriers far too many students face to unleashing their critical thinking potential.
This workshop outlines powerful but practical tools educators can apply immediately to close the critical thinking gap using easy-to-integrate, curriculum-agnostic “Thinking Like a Lawyer” strategies that help students transition from asking “what” and “how to” to asking “why” and “what if. This workshop will include a copy of the Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Practical Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students book for each workshop participant.
Education equity cannot just be about closing achievement gaps. It must be about shattering achievement ceilings. But when it comes to students of color living in poverty, we often fail to recognize, nurture, and unleash the brilliance they bring to our classrooms. Most attempts to shift towards culturally responsive pedagogy result in important, yet surface-level shifts such as selecting books and historical figures to study who reflect students’ identity and experiences.
This workshop goes beyond the surface with powerful, but practical low-floor, high-ceiling, culturally responsive instructional strategies, discussion structures, test prep strategies, approaches to classroom management that maximize student voice and purposefully shift power to students and move past the myth of meritocracy and toward the “hidden” curriculum of success (networking, navigating systems, storytelling etc.)