The process of remedying and reversing the equity challenges present within schools goes beyond the outlandish policies of leaders or the efforts of administrators. All stakeholders involved in education have a role to play. In this article, we shall discuss what we as individuals can do to improve our schools’ quality, fairness, and inclusion. As parents, caregivers, teachers, or students, we all have a part to play in improving our schools.
As parents, we must utilize already established avenues to give our views on crucial matters that we notice in our schools. In situations where there are no avenues for feedback and dialogue with the administrators, avenues must be created. Sometimes creating these avenues is an uphill battle. The rewards are, however, worth the effort. In order to reduce dropout rates, ensure up-to-date curriculums, relevant instructional strategies, and ultimately improve the overall quality of education, then your voice, as well as the voice of other parents and caregivers, must be heard.
Inequity in schools leads to students’ potentials being wasted, and some students being left behind and poorly educated. To ensure that race, sex, and other social traits are not hindrances to attaining quality education and reaching maximum potential, we must all lend our voices to create the changes we need to see. There is always room for improvement and with constant dialogue and accountability, said improvement would be achieved.
Teachers are the foot soldiers and frontline implementers of all policies. As a teacher, it is your duty to engage in discussions directed towards Equity Centered School Improvement. Being involved in creating policies is the best way to ensure your commitment to implementing the change you have been tasked with. Developing and maintaining communication lines with parents, caregivers and students would make it easy for you to understand your students’ needs and adjust your teachings to truly educate. Beyond the policies, strategies, and plans, it all comes down to you as the teacher to provide quality teaching and education. All the books and facilities in the world won’t do much good if you neglect your duties as a teacher. All the seminars against racism and sexism are useless if you allow implicit bias to run unchecked in your classroom.
As students, the best way to positively contribute to the discussion around your school’s issues is through a student body. If a student body doesn’t exist, then feel free to take it upon yourself to create one. As a student, it is your duty to speak up against racism and other forms of marginalization in your school. Equity Centered School Improvement is about you and should be informed by you. To ensure that you and every student in your school gets a quality education irrespective of the color of their skin or their political orientation, you must be willing to lend. Without you, ignorance and evil would run amok in your school.
In order to build fair, inclusive, and equitable schools, all hands must be on deck. Negligence or silence from any group of the system creates avenues for the perpetuation of evil and racist bigotry. In order to build an educational system that ensures the fulfillment of potential and proper education of all students, no stone must be left unturned. With dialogue, well-informed strategy, and unyielding commitment, we shall make our schools not just a place of learning but a place of safety and equity.