Equity literacy is a comprehensive approach for creating and sustaining equitable schools. The foundations of equity literacy are (1) a commitment to deepening individual and institutional understandings of how equity and inequity operate in organizations and societies, and (2) the individual and institutional knowledge, skills, and will to vigilantly identify inequities, eliminate inequities, and actively cultivating equity. At the individual level, when we embrace equity literacy we learn to become a threat to the existence of inequity and an active cultivator of equity in our spheres of influence.
More than cultural competence or diversity awareness, equity literacy prepares us to recognize even the subtlest forms of bias, inequity, and oppression related to race, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, language, religion, immigration status, and other factors. Through equity literacy we prepare ourselves to understand how experience disparities, not just quantitatively measured outcome disparities, affect student access to equitable educational opportunity free of bias, inequity, and discrimination.
Five Abilities of Equity Literacy
The knowledge and skills of equity literacy cultivate in individuals and institutions five equity abilities:
- the ability to recognize even the subtlest biases and inequities,
- the ability to respond skillfully and equitably to biases and inequities in the immediate term,
- the ability to redressbiases and inequities by understanding and addressing them at their institutional roots,
- the ability to actively cultivateequity by applying an equity commitment to every decision, and
- the ability to sustain equity efforts even in the face of discomfort or resistance.
Founder and Lead Equity Specialist
Paul is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has more than 20 years of experience helping educators, nonprofit workers, and others strengthen their equity efforts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini). He is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia
This virtual workshop is scheduled for three two-hour sessions:
August 5, 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm and
August 6, 9am-11am.
Seats are limited and will fill quickly. Register now