Equity Improvement Cycle

The RIDES Equity Improvement Cycle brings together a key group of stakeholders (teachers, staff members, administrators and sometimes parents and students) to focus on a particular issue around equity at their school.Sometimes the focus is on classroom dynamics – what equity looks like in the relationships teachers have with students, how culturally connected the curriculum is, etc. The cycle can also focus on other equity issues, like disproportionate referrals of students of color for discipline, or difficulties a school or system has in hiring and retaining faculty of color.

The cycle is usually done over weeks or months (although it can be jump-started using the RIDES Three-Day Intensive, especially effective when partnering with students) and should always be part of ongoing systemic improvement work. Regardless of the length of the cycle or the topic, it is essential that the working group have a solid understanding and willingness to work on the personal and professional impacts of racism and develop the common definitions they need to guide the equity work and enough relational trust to be able to work together. We think of the development of Personal and Team Equity Culture as an initial and continuing requirement gets followed by six key steps that a well executed equity improvement cycle should provide.


To learn more and see how the Improvement Cycle can help your site disrupt inequity:


  • Watch an Equity Improvement Cycle Overview Video that provides an interactive self-assessment on how you and your colleagues can work smarter, not harder in working on equity improvement in your setting. Can be done solo, but particularly powerful if done with a team. Accompanying deck

  • Watch a set of videos and see related slide decks on Personal and Team Equity Culture (PTEC)

    • What does it mean to be willing to be disturbed-- the long term nature of Equity work

    • What is PTEC, why is it a critical prerequisite and corequisite for Equity Improvement, and how to assess PTEC at your site

    • What is Ethos and how do you assess where you (and your team) is in understanding and manifesting Ethos

    • How can the Four I’s of racism and oppression --Institutional, Ideological, interpersonal, and internalized-- be used to frame and to understand your equity efforts, and to provide common language

    • DEIB continuum

    • SCARF Threats and what to do about them

    • More???


  • If you are ready to pick an equity issue and start a cycle, watch

    • How to create a vision of equity in a specific area, using the Step 1 video and its slide deck

    • How ro collect data to see how the current reality compares to the vision, using the Step 2 video

    • How to diagnose underlying causes of any gaps between vision and reality, using the Step 3 video (And the slide deck to accompany it) and

    • How to plan one or more initiatives that systemically address gaps, using the Step 4 video (And its slide deck).

    • How to Act-- implement specific initiatives with support and accountability, using the Step 5 video (and its slide deck)

    • How to reflect -- assess impact and processes and plan next improvement cycle, using the Step 6 video (and its slide deck)

  • For examples of schools and districts using the Equity Improvement Cycle, read or watch

    • Elizabeth NJ example

    • Cragin journey story (ies)

    • Linden PTEC reflection

    • Sizzle video from Pilot Institute

    • Other video from the current institute-- interviews, stories


  • If you would like to learn how to jumpstart your equity improvement work by engaging students as partners (and assess your site’s readiness for that) watch Engaging Students as Partners in Equity Improvement Work and its slide deck, as well as a brief description of the Three-Day Intensive

  • Read a summary of why the Improvement Cycle was developed, what it is, and how it can be implemented at your site here.

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