If your school, district, or charter management organization is already racially and economically diverse and you are trying to become more truly integrated, you are ready to get started putting RIDES into practice.
Are you ready to move beyond desegregation to real integration? Here are some options:
- We have asked -- formally and informally -- hundreds of teachers, parents, administrators, educators, and students what they thought the outcomes of well-integrated schools should be. Read what they said in the ABCD's of diverse and equitable schools
- If you prefer to explore more ideas before you begin the 5 Steps to Reimagining Integation described on the right, or you need more information to support your current work, explore our Practice Action Area, offering many related resources.
- Become a part of the RIDES community. You'll get access to diagnostic tools, free reports, and updates when we add materials. Our partners say it is helpful to share in the learning process with other schools and school systems that are using these resources. Send us an e-mail and we'll welcome your participation. Or find out about our partner schools.
- Our approach to creating diverse and equitable schools is “inside-out,” customizable, developmental, practice and research based, flexible, and systemic. Learn more about the RIDES philosophy and approach.
Five Stages to Reimagining Integration:
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1 | Create a working group that really works.
When groups talk about being more equitable without a clear vision for where they wish to go, they struggle to make progress. Here’s how to organize to do equity work more effectively by building shared community ownership from the start.
2 | Diagnose equity in your system.
It’s easier to move forward once you understand your starting point. RIDES provides two interrelated tools for assessing your school, district, or organization’s current reality:
- An illustration and explanation of how the different factors in developing an equitable school fit together. Get the RIDES Systemic Improvement Map
- A survey based on the roadmap, for diagnostic input on each factor from teachers, parents, administrators, or students. Get a feel for the survey by taking it as an individual (you won't receive a report). When your team is ready to go forward with this RIDES diagnostic, let us know and our project coordinator will set up a special link to the survey for you (your team's responses will be compiled and you will receive a report).
3 | Think globally and act locally.
Effective working groups build on what they have learned in the diagnostic process. We suggest identifying one or two specific, “local” things to work to improve—keeping the “global” systemic improvement roadmap in mind.
4 | Make specific improvements.
Once you have identified one or two high-leverage action areas, you’ll move from visioning to diagnosis, planning, and follow-up. In other words, improvement is a process. The RIDES project can help you through it with additional research and tools for practice.
5 | Reflect and build continuous systemic improvement.
Now your working group looks at how your “local” improvements are fulfilling your “global” goals, considers what you are learning from the process, and looks ahead to the next cycle.
“We feel so very fortunate to be part of the RIDES network. While we have been working on creating an inclusive school culture and examining racism as a staff for a number of years, using the diagnostic rubric really helped us look at what our next steps needed to be.”
—Mary Anton-Oldenburg, Principal
Bowman Elementary School