Tools for Equity-based Schooling

When it comes to achieving equity of opportunity, American education has reached significant milestones of progress—it is free, accessible and desegregated. Yet, inequity in schooling remains at the heart of social and economic injustice. That’s why the HIL Project is committed to Equity-Based school Renewal.

Our work aims to transform PreK-12 schools into self-renewing, equity-based learning communities that become the heartbeat of equity-based  communities through the assets and outcomes of its students.

Resources for schools

We've gathered links to some resources that can help school leaders examine their own programs, explore equity-based classroom practices, heal the racism in their communities, and examine important narratives about equity. Join us in helping all schools become the heart-beat of their communities, realizing the gifts and potential of every child, and the aspirations and expectations of every family. 

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Tools for examining equity in schools

National Equity Project 
Developing and supporting leaders to influence and transform institutions and systems

Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
The MAP Center provides technical assistance and training in the areas of race, sex, national origin, and religion to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable educational opportunities and work in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform.

Racial Equity Tools | Home
Tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.

Equity-based classroom practices

Equity in Education: Where to Begin?
If we hope for equity in education, we may have to abandon our efforts toward standardization and recognize the individuality of our students.

MDE - Education Equity Fund
Helping  Districts Address Technology Gaps and Mental Health Needs in the Pandemic 

UnboundEd
Disrupting  systemic racism by providing students of color meaningful, engaging, and affirming grade-level instruction

Healing racism

Bias Toolkit – UnboundEd Blog
A free toolkit for facilitated conversations about race, bias and prejudice to listen, lead and teach towards equity

Truth, Racial Healing & TransformationResources & Lessons from Three Years of Community Collaboration
The W.K. Kellogg foundation (WKKf) launched Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
in 2016 as comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring
about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary
effects of racism in the United States. This set of  seven knowledge briefs share progress on what has been learned so far.

National Equity Project
Developing and supporting leaders to influence and transform institutions and systems

Important narratives about equity

Why School Isn't a Safe Place for Every Child
This March 21, 2021 Op-Ed by Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Alyssa La’Dawn Brandon calls on educators to take a "fuller view" when creating safe learning environments for all students by refusing to use crisis language about Black and Brown children. As schools return to in-person schooling following pandemic-related closures, the authors urge us to plan in ways that build from where children are and what they know and can do, rather than constructed imaginings of where they ought to be. 

The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is a project by writers from The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, which reframes American history with an emphasis on the contributions of black Americans.

HBR: Why Diversity Programs Fail
...and what works better

Building Equity in K-12 Education
Reflections from Teaching Fellow Meenoo Rami