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Equity Institute

Why “Equity Institute?”

The series, titled Equity Institute, will consist of four interactive half-day workshop sessions focused on exploring ways to achieve equity in schools. The workshops are designed to raise awareness in the four focus areas, or pillars, and to empower educators with new knowledge, skills, and mindsets to do the work for achieving equity in their school.

Additional Information

What are the four pillars of the Equity Institute?

I.   Examine structures and processes that may impede progress toward diversity, equity and success for all students

II.  Create awareness and understanding among staff of the implicit biases that serve as barriers to academic achievement

III. Assist teacher and administrators in identifying teaching and learning strategies and approaches that help raise student achievement for all students

IV. Ensure that district policies and practices support and promote the following for all students:

  • High expectations
  • Rigorous learning opportunities
  • Differentiated instruction to meet the various learning styles and cultural styles
  • Positive learning and school experiences
What topics will be covered?

The Equity Framework will be shared and used as the foundation to focus on the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Equity Institute, Equity Ambassadors and the benefits of establishing a common language
  • Cultural mindset
  • Student-centered teaching and learning
  • Family and community engagement
  • Equity policies and practices
What are Equity Ambassadors?

Equity Ambassadors are teams of five that may consist of teachers, school counselors and administrators. Their purpose is to assist other teachers and administrators determine how they can best reflect an equity paradigm in their own classroom and building that will allow all students to learn and achieve to the best of their ability.

The work:

  • Meet monthly or bi-monthly
  • Work together to investigate hypothesize, act and reflect on their practices in order to identify teaching and learning strategies that help raise student achievement
  • Provide school-based equity and inclusion initiatives and collaboration
  • Analyze periodically student achievement, discipline and access data
  • Attend Equity Institute workshops and complete activities and tasks that support the work
Who is leading the Institute?

The Equity Institute will be led by:

Cynthia M. DeVese, M.Ed.
Author | Educator | Speaker
Student Success Coach
Parent University Facilitator
Coordinator, Minority Student Achievement
Westerville City Schools

Also facilitating workshop sessions are:

When and where is it?

The Equity Institute will be held over four, interactive half-day (8:30am-12:00pm) workshop sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019

All sessions will be held at the ESC of Central Ohio, 2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus OH 43219.

What is the cost?

The cost for each team of five Equity Ambassadors is $1500.

How do we register?

To register, please contact Christine Galvin at Christine.Galvin@escco.org or 614.753.4704.

To register a team or for more information, please contact Christine.Galvin@escco.org.