Kickboard Professional Services

Envisioning Equitable Schools

Audience

Teachers and Leadership Team

Overview

Working to build an actively anti-racist, and culturally relevant school culture

Systemic Racism, if not the absolute cause, is one of the major contributors to the “achievement gap.” Schools that cultivate teachers, and build systems, that are intentionally anti-racist are, in effect, addressing the achievement gap head on. In order to reverse disproportionate trends in academic achievement and discipline, schools must work to build a culture that embraces, values, and respects students cultural identity.

Challenges Addressed

  • Addressing microaggressions and stereotype threat
  • Teacher mindset around the achievement of black and brown students
  • School-wide systems that aren’t currently culturally responsive
  • Teacher-led classrooms that aren’t currently culturally responsive
  • Collaboration between teachers across racial difference
  • Teachers not identifying with their students across racial identity

Program Outcomes

  • To begin the process of building a multi-ethnic, inclusive and anti-racist organization.
  • To begin, or further, the process of developing culturally relevant classrooms.
  • To train staff on how systems of oppression impact learning and life trajectory, and to apply this understanding to interrupting that cycle.
  • To collectively define the role that race, and racism play in our school systems.
  • To cultivate an environment where all students feel seen, heard, welcomed and valued.

Format

Two 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) + 
Full-Day (6 hrs) in-person collaborative session

Kickboard has made a huge difference. We reduced disciplines by 44% in just 18 weeks. If I go to another campus and come back to ours, I can see and hear the difference. It’s so positive here and that’s changing the culture of our school. This not only improves students’ behavior but it improves their academic performance as well.
— KASIE JACKSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - DALLAS ISD
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