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Equity Office Memo: Vol. I

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Article of the Week
Using the Future Ready Schools Framework
to Provide Better Learning Experiences for Students

An Equity Approach to Creating Future Ready Schools

Educators across the country work diligently to provide learning experiences that are of high quality and relevant to the needs of today’s modern learners. Whether the point of intervention focuses on student engagement, literacy, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Project Based Learning (PBL), or other innovative content, districts continue to evolve, and great work happens in schools every day that is intended to improve the learning opportunities available to all students. Despite the moderate success of these efforts, research from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Association of Education Progress (NAEP) and others consistently report persistent gaps in performance between the most vulnerable student groups (e.g., students of color, those with disabilities, those in rural schools/districts, etc.) and their white suburban counterparts.  Given these trends, when implementing any intervention at the school or district level, it is vital that educators are intentional about not exacerbating existing inequities and focus on creating more and better learning opportunities for the students that need it most.

Podcast of the Week
From the Cult of Pedagogy:

No More Easy Button: A Suggested Approach to
Post-Pandemic Teaching

Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel of Covid-19 (SORT OF), we have an opportunity for a fresh start in schools, and we can't waste it. Let’s take the wisdom we've gained over the last year and use it. Let's not go back to the way things used to be.

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Equity in Education Virtual Workshops

Relationship Building as a Tool to Improve Culturally Responsive Practices and Pedagogy?


Relationship building is a critical component to student success. The use of relationship building as a skill is the ability to build positive relationships, especially with diverse students, individuals and groups using numerous strategies such as communication, conflict resolution, active listening, motivation and teaching pedagogy. This 2 hour session explores:


  • The qualities of a Culturally Responsive educator
  • Recognizing Equity Detours
  • Safe Spaces
  • Self Assessment & Core Values
  • How to measure and assess growth as an Culturally Responsive educator
  • Improving Cultural Competence with Intentionality
  • Developing Essential Questions in the Classroom that uses relationships and relevance to improve outcomes



Culturally Responsive Practices and Pedagogy recognizes inequitable distributions of power and resources in our society. It challenges Eurocentric values and prevailing systems of oppression that are often invisible but entrenched in our history (Solorzano & Yosso, 2002; 2000; McCoy & Rodricks, 2015). 


Culturally Responsive Practices and Pedagogy: aware of the historic marginalization, employ a wide repertoire of Culturally Responsive Teaching strategies to honor, validate, support, and create a safe place for diverse students (Kozleski, 2000). 


Date: Tuesday, October 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.


Resource of the Week
Google Chrome Add-on - Mote: voice notes & feedback
Overview: Mote - fast, friendly voice messaging

Welcome to Mote, where you can easily add voice comments and audio content to shared documents, assignments, emails and forms. Mote is integrated into Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Classroom and Gmail - for easy recording and playback. You can also create voice notes for any website or application directly from our Chrome extension menu - simply click on the browser icon to access our 'Motepad' recorder. Mote supports transcription in more than 20 world languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic.*

For teachers:
Ask students questions and provide feedback, quickly and with the feeling of human connection. Whether you're at home or in the classroom, Mote helps educators and students to stay connected.

Add voice comments within Google Classroom's Stream and Private Comments views, as well as within Google Docs, Slides and Sheets. Look for the Mote icon in comment boxes.

Record and insert audio clips within Google Slides and Google Forms - simply click on the Mote icon within the application to insert your audio.

Add voice notes anywhere, using our voice recorder accessed from the extension icon in the browser bar. 

For students:
Students can leave voice notes, and react to teacher feedback and comments, to let teachers know that they've understood and will accept feedback, or that they need more help.