Equity tools and resources

By Learning Forward and Education Trust
June 2021

Explore a selection of equity tools and resources from Learning Forward, the Education Trust, and our partners.

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State and district planner
This tool kit offers a five-stage planning framework to design professional learning systems that lead to improved teaching and learning for all students. Created by Learning Forward to support state education agencies and school districts in making strategic decisions about leveraging their funding for ambitious and equitable outcomes.

Planning tool for advancing equity through professional learning
In the October 2018 issue of The Learning Professional, Jill Harrison Berg and Sonia Caus Gleason described a three-part equity framework of examining beliefs, practices, and systems. They created this accompanying tool to help educators think about both the content of professional learning and the contexts. It includes reflection questions and prompts for planning next steps.

Learning Forward has hosted dozens of practical webinars to respond to educators’ immediate needs over the past 15 months, with several focused specifically on equity topics. Members have full access to the archive. Each webinar features inspiring practitioners and thought leaders and includes links to practical resources for further exploration. Equity topics include equipping educators with antiracist strategies, recruiting and retaining educators of color, and culturally responsive education in an online world.

Thought leader podcasts
The office of curriculum, instruction, and professional development at Long Beach Unified School District has created myPD Unplugged, a series of podcasts with facilitation guides designed to help educators build a deeper understanding of multicultural education, equity, and social justice pedagogy. Learning Forward collaborates with Long Beach to share this resource.

Recent podcasts showcase such leaders as Val Brown talking about stories as equity data, Sal Khan on leveraging technology to bridge equity gaps, Gholdy Muhammad on an equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy, and many more.

Beyond money
The right combination of resources matters for creating more equitable learning for each student. The Alliance for Resource Equity, a partnership of Education Resource Strategies and the Education Trust, offers tools and a framework of 10 dimensions of equity to help educators build learning access and opportunity for all.

Educator diversity data
An interactive map from the Education Trust offers data at a glance to show whether and how each state in the U.S. uses policy efforts to build and maintain a diverse educator workforce.

Funding equity tool
With the State of Funding Equity Data Tool from the Education Trust, users can get detailed data on funding patterns in each state by clicking on the map. National data can be seen in the accompanying Funding Gaps 2018 brief.

Literacy assignments analysis
The Assignments Analysis Tool from the Education Trust allows educators to see how a variety of learning activities rate according to the Literacy Assignments Analysis Framework to determine if students have rigorous and equitable learning opportunities. Assignments are drawn from middle school grades and subjects that were collected from schools with different student demographics.

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