RIDES Institute

We are thrilled to offer the RIDES Institute as a program of Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education! Expand your school or school organization’s ability to achieve its vision around diversity, equity, and integration through an institute where teams engage in collaborative work, make strategic, evidence-based decisions, and progress through cycles of improvement.

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Early application, in advance of the priority deadline, is strongly recommended as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once the priority deadline has passed, we will accept and review applications as space is available through the final deadline

 

Overview

As individual schools and school districts begin the important work of advancing outcomes for diversity, equity, and integration, key questions often emerge. How can academic performance be improved for ALL students? How can schools foster a sense of belonging for staff and students of color? Does a strong commitment exist within the school culture to dismantle systems and structures of oppression? Is diversity and leveraging diverse perspectives a key priority?

To help schools and school organizations become truly integrated places characterized by high levels of learning, a strong sense of belonging, a deep respect for other cultures, and a commitment to dismantle racism, the RIDES Project is offering the RIDES Institute.

Encompassing clear processes, expert data support, capacity building, best practices, and coaching, this full school-year program enables participating teams to identify specific areas of equity improvement and provides the support needed to ensure successful implementation within individual school settings.

Our Story

For the last four years, RIDES has curated over 150 practices and partnered with a dozen traditional and charter schools, as well as six Boston-area school districts, to develop tools and processes to build more diverse and equitable schools. In 2018-19, we began offering what we have learned to schools across the country through a year-long equity improvement program that brings together a limited number of schools for a blend of face-to-face and virtual learning. The goal of the Institute is to help schools that are “desegregated” – meaning they have diverse bodies in their buildings—become more fully “integrated”—  places where all children learn at high levels, feel included, appreciate their own and other cultures, understand racism, and work to dismantle it.