Conversations around equity are difficult and at times, uncomfortable, but crucial to ensuring a learning experience is truly personalized. As shared in a recent blog post, The New and Improved PL Toolbox, including equity in the newest version of the tool was imperative and creating equity as its own domain was intentional.
Over the past six months we’ve had a continuous conversation with teachers and school leaders about it equity looks like in a personalized learning classroom. From these conversations we identified teacher actions centered around bias, identity, access and expectations that would ultimately become the foundation of our 4 phases: Self-Awareness, Diversity in Design, Collaborative Grouping, and Access to Materials.
Observing self-awareness in a 20 minute observation is not the same as observing routines and procedures. For this reason we are recommending that this domain be used as a reflective tool by teachers that promotes self-efficacy within to recognize implicit bias, push curriculum to represent the students who are engaged, and consider how learners are grouped and access materials. For coaching purposes, this domain can be used to guide conversations, set goals, and connect with colleagues in a safe way.
To help you get started, here is a list of questions to guide self-reflections -
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