Both the Deep Rooted and E(race)ing Inequities reports are meant to be dynamic documents. They were both created to inspire change. However, we recognized that just making this information available to the public is insufficient. So, we offer this helpful guide for how to use the content for various stakeholder groups. First and foremost, READ THE REPORTS! After you done that, consider the following:
As you pour over the findings in E(race)ing Inequities, see if it reflects your classroom outcomes.
- Consult your own data, break it out by race. Share the report with your PLC. Review a section at a time with your colleagues and share your thoughts.
- Commit to an area of intervention on behalf of your students. Talk with them about their experience. See if there is a difference based on race/ethnicity.
- Learn more about race and education issues by subscribing to the REWire.
Produce a similar report for your school. Gather as much data, across as many indicators, from as many sources as you can. Disaggregate by race/ethnicity. Present it to your leadership team and then to your staff.
- Have honest conversations about what you are seeing and how to change it. Develop a school-wide equity plan with staff and students that is race-conscious.
- Provide professional development that addresses race and culture.
- Do a book study with staff utilizing an equity-based text.
- Conduct focus groups with students. Amplify student voice by forming a student equity team.
Figure out where these data live and capture them. Invest in developing a system that pulls them together in meaningful ways that inform action.
- Do a school climate survey with students.
- Produce a similar report that looks at race/ethnicity across access and outcomes indicators in your district. Screen and review all suspensions for disproportionate subjective offenses before enforcement. Ensure all personnel and school leaders understand how race is showing up.
- Place expert and experienced teachers in schools and with populations experiencing the greatest academic need.
- Work with stakeholder groups in the community to develop a racial equity strategy.
If you haven’t already, craft an equity policy that calls out race/ethnicity. Mandate the production of a report as part of it. Create a similar list of indicators for educational equity, make it publicly available, and monitor annually.
- Consult our report as well as the National Academies’ Committee on Developing Indicators of Educational Equity for guidance.
- Form a committee with community stakeholders to hold the work accountable. Set specific and ambitious goals for racial/ethnic subgroups. Develop an initiative to attract/retain more teachers of color.
- Create an equity office and/or budget monies for professional development focused on working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Talk with your children about their school. Ask what they’ve seen or dealt with. See if their experience matches our findings in E(race)ing Inequities.
- Look at their schedules to ensure they are taking rigorous courses that prepare them for college or careers.
- Ask your principal about the school-level data and request to see it. See how many teachers of color are on staff.
- Inquire about the kind of professional development offered to staff, implore that it focus on culturally responsive practices.
- Request to see the equity plan. If it doesn’t exist, challenge them to develop one.
Your voice matters more than anyone else’s! Use our report to leverage more opportunities for student voice at your school.
- Ask to form a student equity team, or positions on the School Improvement/Leadership Team.
- Watch the videos from EdNC of other students discussing their experiences as students of color. Find ways to document similar stories.
- Write articles for your school newspaper, blog or even regional news outlet.
- Organize with other students in your district, region, or state who care about these issues. Build power with us as part of the Freedom Hill Coalition.
Use our reports to broaden your understanding of how race impacts education. Utilize our findings to engage in discussions about race in an empirical and fact-based way. Challenge yourself to refer to the findings when enacting any policy addressing education.
- Enact strategies for targeted-student groups and not just universal approaches.
- Read the Op-Eds by Reps. Graig Meyer and Craig Horn and follow their bipartisan example.
- Adopt policy that improves teacher diversity, monitors racialized opportunity gaps, and properly resources necessary interventions. Consult with educators, families and students of color when drafting policy to ensure equity is embedded and avoids unintended consequences.
Use our reports as a basis to establish racial inequities in our school system at a state-level. The research and data in the reports offer critical insights to address the persistence of historic inequalities. North Carolina’s future depends on access to rigorous discourse concerning the barriers to equity.
- Commit to writing and reporting education news that uses an explicit race-conscious lens.
- Be careful with language choice. Although correlated, do not to conflate ‘economic disadvantage’ with race when discussing disparities or diversity.
- Develop alternative strategies for interviews/engagement by maintaining visibility in highly impacted communities. As community members see you more they trust you more.
ACTIVISTS & ADVOCATES
Use the findings of our reports to inform your organizing strategy and policy asks. Build power with the constituents served by the school system, and advocate for specific changes to achieve racial equity.
- Develop a shared vocabulary across your organizing base and understand the racial demographics of your specific community related to education, jobs, housing, criminal justice, health, and development.
- Commit to 1 on 1 relational meetings with grassroots stakeholders, especially engage students.
- Plan group visioning exercises, encouraging collaboration and dreaming into new possibilities.
- Our work is deeply interconnected; find and cultivate partners across sectors. Join Freedom Hill to connect with other like-minded individuals and organizations.