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.
Our Core Beliefs
America is a racist and classist society and, by default, schools replicate the racism and classism that has deep roots bound into our national history, culture, systems, and structures.
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.
Equity and social justice are at the core of our organizational mission. The Center partners with districts to:
- Build capacity of district leaders to lead for equity, including being able to competently facilitate and lead dialogue regarding race.
- Analyze district data and evidence to diagnose systemic contributors to inequity and develop strategies to address equity gaps.
- Conduct equity audits to identify systemic contributors to inequity.
- Coordinate, present, and participate in forums utilizing multi-media experiences to explore and examine equity, surface biases, and conduct/lead bold conversations about race, poverty, and privilege.
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.