Cultivating and Applying Race Equity Mindsets Among K–12 Education Leaders: Key Questions for Reflection
Equity work can be deeply personal and may include unlearning and shifting individual biases, beliefs, and practices. This paper builds on the premise that ongoing self-reflection in equity work is critical, as failing to attend to this internal work may result in education leaders reinforcing the very systems they are seeking to disrupt.
Produced by the COVID Education Equity Response Collaborative’s Equity Accelerator, the information and resources in this paper are for K–12 education leaders who are committed to advancing equity by developing their own race equity mindsets and reflecting on the systems in which they operate.
Each section of this paper offers a brief explanation of an equity-focused theme, a set of key questions intended for group reflection on that theme, and a description or scenario that briefly conveys possible ways the questions might be used. At the end of the document is a list of related resources for further learning and inquiry.
About the Equity Accelerator
The Equity Accelerator project aims to support California’s county offices of education in improving how their whole-child and whole-school efforts align and cohere with a vision of cultivating fundamental and sustainable change to achieve more equitable education systems. Specific contributors to this resource include the WestEd Equity Accelerator team of Christina Pate, Jenny Betz, Lauren Trout, and Cherry Hanna; Equity Accelerator Coaches Rachelle Rogers-Ard and Terna Tilley-Gyado; and learning session presenters Trabian Shorters, Erin Browder, and David Lopez.
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