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.

  • Surveys
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Data analysis and report of district-wide trends
  • Central Office Training
  • School Leader Training
  • School Site Training
  • Culturally Responsive
  • Criteria/Rubric & Guiding Principles
  • Culturally Responsive Interview Questions

Section I: Equity Audit

Overcoming Racism’s equity audit comprises three main components: survey, stakeholder interviews, and a data analysis of district-wide trends. The goal is to create a program that is suited to the specific needs of the district that is aligned to existing policies and practices.

Section II: Equity Training

The anti-racism work provided by Overcoming Racism includes high-impact training and consulting that directly addresses each school and district’s specific needs.

Ongoing Services

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.

Proven Results

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.