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Putting Equity Into Practice: Equity-Minded Professional Learning

Designers and facilitators of educator professional learning should model exemplary strategies so that faculty will in turn engage equitably with students. This means ensuring that professional learning fosters belonging, centers equity, leverages strengths of participants, and explicitly seeks to cultivate and sustain cultural ways of knowing and being for diverse learners to be inclusive of students and faculty.

By definition, professional learning is the creation of learning experiences that build cultural competence and support faculty through facilitated engagements and communities of practice. Including cultural competency and communities of practice distinguishes professional learning from professional development which is often a one-off event that does not necessarily involve application and evaluation of the topic presented. What designers and facilitators do to support faculty informs their work with students. Through professional learning, faculty can develop their capacity to be change agents both inside and outside of the classroom. Achieving the Dream and Every Learner Everywhere have articulated a set of Good Practice Principles that guide the design and facilitation of high-impact professional learning (Bass, et al., 2019; Eynon & Iuzzini, 2020). This guide expands on those resources and clarifies what it means to create opportunities for professional learning that are explicitly equity-minded.

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Putting Equity Into Practice: Open Pedagogy

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December 2023

Being able to choose course design, content, assignments, assessments, and instructional approaches based on the context of the learners and the current events of the times allows students to relate all areas of the course to their lives and equitizes their experiences and outcomes. This guide is designed to support faculty with operationalizing open pedagogy through a culturally responsive lens.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Social Justice Education

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December 2023

Advancing social justice in education requires establishing educational spaces that foster students’ critical consciousness and ability to analyze systems, policies, and practices that lead to inequitable and unjust experiences and outcomes. A social justice approach to education involves two strategies that will be featured in this guide: anti-racist teaching and abolitionist teaching.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

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December 2023

Culturally responsive pedagogy is a framework that is inclusive of culturally responsive and relevant teaching, and culturally affirming and sustaining instructional methodologies that validate and engage students’ cultural identities. These practical instructional strategies and practices guide the implementation of culturally responsive teaching and learning into educational spaces.

Recommended citation:

Tejeda, A., Garth-McCullough, R., Keith, H.R., & Kinnison, S (2023, July) Putting Equity into Practice: Equity-Minded Professional Learning; Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guide Series. Every Learner Everywhere

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