Students in diverse and equitable schools are central to the work of bringing about desegregation in public education. Decades of research, collaborations, coaching, and professional development are aimed at increasing the conditions for optimal student learning. Students who attend genuinely integrated schools have advantages. In integrated schools, it is critical to address student demographics, feelings of inclusion and belonging and disaggregated performance data. Many schools now focus on the academic, social-emotional, cultural well-being of students, their families and educators in schools when seeking to build diverse and equitable schools. You can read our entire white paper on this topic here.
Below are practices designed to support building access and opportunity in classrooms for students of a variety of backgrounds including race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or ability. Exemplars and cases raise issues of whether students feel they belong, find their voice, take ownership of their learning, engage fully with activities and/or accommodations as needed with diverse classmates and teachers with high expectations for them.