Pictured above: Granby & Bridgeport’s Equity Leadership Teams gathered at the Wadsworth Atheneum for an Equity Consortium (October 2018)
Social Justice & Equity
Equity at the Center
The Center is committed to helping districts, schools, and teachers meet the needs of all students. That challenge remains complex and difficult, and while progress has been made, school systems and individuals continue to struggle with understanding their own and systemic biases that contribute to inequity and significant achievement gaps.
Equity in education is achieved when student outcomes are not predicted by gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, language or ability and where all students reach a level of efficacy and competence that supports a rewarding and productive life. This requires the elimination of the inequities that contribute to disproportionate learning and achievement by students of certain social groups while ensuring all students are prepared for a productive and meaningful life.
The Connecticut Center for School Change exists to ensure that (1) each and every student experiences intellectually engaging and cognitively challenging learning and reaches a level of efficacy and competence aligned to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to support a rewarding and productive life in a dynamic and changing world; and (2) student opportunities, experiences or outcomes are not predicted by gender, race, ethnicity, class, or ability.
Beliefs Guiding Our Equity Work
In America, perceptions and biases about race, class, ability, and gender have deep roots bound into our national history, culture, systems, and structures. By default, these perceptions and biases are replicated in schools.
- Inequities based on racism and classism are baked into our educational system and must be dismantled at a personal, institutional, and systemic level–it is the system that causes the inequities, not the student.
- Educational inequities are caused by racism, prejudice, and bias that disadvantage marginalized groups.
- Working on institutional racism without working on personal and interpersonal transformation allows inequities to persist and subverts systemic transformation.
- Ensuring equity in schools requires a deep commitment to and accountability for high quality teaching and learning.
The Equity Framework at the Connecticut Center for School Change provides a graphic representation of the essential components of our equity focused work with educators.