Advancing Racial Equity in Education
All students deserve an excellent education. In order to ensure that every student has access to a high quality school experience, systems of education must be equitable.
What is Equity in Education?
Educational equity means that circumstances like gender identity, race, ethnicity, and sexual preference, do not stand in the way of an individual having access to a high quality education.
An opportunity gap occurs when race, class, English proficiency, and other factors perpetuate lower achievement and access.
How to Achieve Equity in Education
Racism Prevention with Kickboard + Overcoming Racism
The partnership between Overcoming Racism and Kickboard combines over twenty years of experience leading successful PBIS and race and equity initiatives in schools. Matthew Kincaid, the founder of Overcoming Racism, has been leading anti-racism work since 2004.
Together, Overcoming Racism and Kickboard are the education community’s top resource for:
- Establishing Systemic Equity and Practices
- Centering students’ education in their cultural identity
- Maximizing culturally responsive instruction & leadership to transform educational opportunities, access and outcomes for every student
- Ensuring equity by recognizing, respecting, and attending to the diverse strengths and challenges of the students
- Increasing & improving cultural awareness of all teachers, administrators and staff
- Reducing suspension rates, increasing student happiness, and improving schools’ academic performance
How KB and OR work with your school to build culturally responsive schools and classrooms
Overcoming Racism’s equity services are comprised of three main sections: Equity Audit, Equity Training, and Ongoing Services. The goal is to create a program that is suited to the specific needs of the school or district and to curate the service offerings accordingly.
Section I: Equity Audit
Culturally Responsive Criteria/Rubric & Guiding Principles
In all of Overcoming Racism’s partner schools we create a clear and proactive set of guidelines and criteria for schools and classrooms outlining “why” and “what” cultural relevance is.
Culturally Responsive Interview Questions
Overcoming Racism will support schools in the creation of hiring policies and practices that consider district teachers’ and leaders’ aptitude for cultural responsiveness.
For over 15 years, Overcoming Racism has collaborated with educators across twelve districts and over 100 schools. When implemented with fidelity, Overcoming Racism’s program has been proven to reduce suspensions, increase student happiness, and improve academic performance.