Equity. It means many different things to many different people in many different situations.
To me, equity is everything in education. I believe education is the bridge to opportunity and possibility. That regardless of class, race, ethnicity, upbringing or any other factor…a quality education has the power to give every individual a fighting chance at achieving their dreams.
So when we talk about innovation, it has to be innovating for equity.
When we discuss engagement, we should be looking at equitable engagement across all classes and levels.
And when we look at technology’s role in teaching and learning, it should be based on a purpose centered on equity.
I’ve been lucky to learn and work with Dr. Bob Jarvis – the Director of Equity Leadership Initiatives at UPenn Center for Educational Leadership – this past year through consortiums focused on Equity & Excellence.
It’s been a wonderful and eye-opening experience to talk with teachers and school leaders in all kinds of educational settings. I’ve had biases that I didn’t even know I had to be challenged through our group conversations around the topic of equity.
Last week I was able to give a short podcast interview on what I believe. It sums up my philosophy on teaching, learning, and school in 5 minutes. It’s titled, “Equity Is Everything”, and I hope you give it a quick listen (and let me know what you think in the comments).