6. Systems & Structures

The manner in which school systems and structures operate ultimately influences their academic outcomes, culture of belongingness, collective commitment to dismantling racism, and appreciation of diversity (the ABCDs of RIDES). For schools, school districts, or Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) to move toward more effective integration and equitable outcomes for all of their stakeholders, schools, systems and structures must create an environment that facilitates student outcomes that align with the ABCDs. Teachers, leaders, and stakeholders interested in driving change must consider the wide range of elements that interact within the systems and structures that persist in public education. These broader systems and structures can range from those at a micro level (i.e. within schools), like no-excuses school discipline or ability group tracking, to a macro level (i.e. district or CMO wide systems), like the structures of student assignment and teacher diversity. You can read our entire white paper on this topic here.

This section is designed to assist district leaders in reviewing policies and practices that affect school enrollment, classroom diversity, faculty recruitment, support and retention, discipline and concomitant suspension rates, achievement outcomes, training and support for rigorous, culturally relevant instruction for all students and other effective classroom management practices. Resources are designed to support effective engagement with equity and diversity issues, identifying strategies and tools to manage Issues of social justice, diversity and equity initiatives.