Coaching with an Equity Lens
A coach continually strengthens self-awareness of how identity and culture affect who they are and how they interact with learners and families
Engage in reading, viewing, and listening about unconscious bias, colorblindness, and micromessages.
A coach supports staff in continually strengthening self-awareness
Facilitate the use of protocols which provide for safe environments to engage in courageous conversations. Ask questions that prompt a client to examine their own culture and how it shapes their actions. Protocols for equity work may be found in The Power of Protocols: An Educators’ Guide to Better Practice.
A coach supports individual staff members’ and teams’ focus on equity by actively considering whether mismatches in systems, structures, policies, practices, values, and beliefs inhibit learner success and contribute to inequitable outcomes for underserved students.
Facilitate teams in the disaggregation of data, engage in root cause analysis and calculate risk ratios. Lead courageous conversations about disproportionality.
Coaches support staff in knowing and understanding their students and families, and in using evidence-based practices, curriculum and policies that respect the identities and cultures of learners and families served by schools.
Learn about the unique strengths and blend of identities that families bring to the school setting. Ask how staff are incorporating these strengths and identities into school practices, policies and curriculum.
Coaches, in partnerships with principals and other leaders, create positive school cultures, characterized by “an unwavering belief that all students can and will learn” (Du Four). In a positive culture, adults accept responsibility for learner success.
Collaboratively examine the assumptions and implicit biases that create barriers for historically marginalized students to fully access the learning environment.
Coaches and principals work together to lead, model, and advocate for equity.
Collaborate with leadership in the investigation of systems and problem solve for lasting change. Provide resources and support for ongoing professional learning focused on equity, such as a book study focused on anti-bias education and culturally responsive pedagogy.
Special thanks to Barb Novak, Heidi Laabs, Kathy Myles, Wendy Savaske and Ananda Mirilli for their contributions.