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New White Paper Explains How to Achieve Equity in Education


Authors David M. Hardy, Jr., Matthew Kincaid, and India King describe
five actions schools can take to create an equitable learning
environment for all students

While students of color currently make up more than 50 percent of the
student population of U.S. public schools, many students experience
unjust systems and practices that impact their school experience. In a
new white paper titled "How
to Achieve Equity in Education,
" authors David M. Hardy, Jr.,
Matthew Kincaid, and India King outline five actions schools can take to
create an equitable place of learning for all students.

"Schools isolated by race and socioeconomics have been proven to limit
educational opportunities and outcomes for students," said Hardy. "To
create change, it's not enough to simply acknowledge that inequities
exist in schools. Students need leaders that are willing to address
them. By making systematic improvements, districts and schools can
ensure that every student has access to a high-quality education."

In the paper, which is published by Kickboard,
the maker of the Kickboard school culture system, the authors discuss
the inequities that contribute to educational opportunity gaps, and they
describe key practices that can be implemented to create equitable
learning environments. These practices encompass several areas,
including staff recruitment and retention, professional development,
teaching practices, curriculum, school policies and systems,
interventions and supports, and school culture.

"By strategically working to dismantle and eliminate inequitable
policies and systems, educators can close the opportunity gap and
maximize their impact," said Kincaid. "With this paper, we are working
to provide district and school leaders with practical strategies they
can implement to intentionally establish a positive learning environment
that embraces differences and provides equitable access to enriching
opportunities for all students."

"When schools establish systemic equity practices, they can realize a
multitude of benefits, from reduced suspension rates to improved
academic performance," said King. "When students learn in equitable
environments, they grow academically, culturally, socially and
emotionally, and they are better equipped to succeed."

Hardy is the CEO of Lorain
School District
in Ohio. Kincaid is founder and CEO of Overcoming
. King is a writer and educator.

For a free copy of the white paper, visit
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