Disrupting inequity

December 2022

Overcoming barriers to equity takes deep listening, learning about self and others, and the willingness to make change. This issue examines professional learning strategies to start the work and stay the course.

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Listening is a powerful tool to disrupt inequity 

This issue’s authors challenge us to step back and really listen to others’ perspectives, especially when their words are hard to hear.

District leaders set the stage for equity-focused learning 

Choosing the right improvement strategy is critical for advancing equity. Here are ways district and school leaders are making a difference.

Don’t ignore emotions in equity work — embrace them 

Equity conversations bring up difficult emotions. A coach shares strategies for navigating them.

Classroom vignettes shed light on cultural competence 

Cultural competence is built through reflecting on and discussing real-world experiences. Classroom vignettes support this difficult but important work.

Learning how to teach Indigenous history and culture 

A two-year partnership aims to disrupt inequities in curriculum and instruction by supporting teachers’ efforts to better teach American Indian studies.

Four roots of anti-racist leadership — and how to cultivate them 

Building principals’ capacity disrupts inequity across schools and nurtures anti-racist school cultures for everyone.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Nurture critical reflection to achieve equity 

Nurturing critical reflection, a key component of cultural responsiveness, helps teachers improve outcomes for Hispanic/Latinx students.


Standards for Professional Learning work best together

Build your team’s understanding of the importance of implementing standards collectively and identify the challenges you face in your context.

Making sense of standards

Mississippi educators created visual analogies of how Standards for Professional Learning lead to improved outcomes.

Through the lens

How this issue’s articles can help you understand and apply Standards for Professional Learning.


Fishbowl coaching magnifies the impact of feedback 

Everyone learns when a coach and teacher engage in a coaching session while other coaches observe and debrief.

Curriculum-based professional learning shows great promise

Professional learning steeped in instructional materials has the power to support teachers and strengthen outcomes for students.


Identifying barriers to conversations about race 

A study exploring teachers’ mindsets in discussing race offers insights into professional learning support that can increase skills and capacity.

Data points 

The latest research on curriculum-aligned professional learning, taking student perspectives, ESSER funding, teacher residencies, and mental health.


Melinda George

Policy and practice

Every educator can be an advocate. Here’s how. 

Betty Wilson-McSwain

Member spotlight

‘When we learn better, we do better.’

Nader Twal

District perspective

It’s not enough to not be racist 


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