Equity isn’t just a word — it’s an action

By Angela M. Ward
February 2021
As an antiracist educator, I support colleagues in affective learning spaces to engage in critical self-reflection to create schools that are safe and supportive for students, staff, and families regardless of identity. In the past year, I have found myself coaching countless adults to develop their discursive muscle around educational equity during the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial violence, including the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on the educational, mental, physical, and financial health of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. In summer 2020, I was struck by the juxtaposition of countless people and organizations — from community-serving institutions to celebrity athletes to Fortune 500 companies — posting letters of solidarity to denounce police violence while many state and national leaders refused to acknowledge racial violence.

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This continuing column will focus on critical self-reflection and implementing antiracist practices in schools. Learn more in the current issue:

See p. 64 for tools by Ward on turning equity statements into action.

Engage with Ward at 1 p.m. Eastern time March 29 for a discussion about her strategies and tools for action.

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Angela M. Ward ( is founder and CEO of 2Ward Equity and a columnist for The Learning Professional.

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