Last week, authors of the evidence-based school framework Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) detailed how the the program aligns with U.S. Department of Education 2015 priorities, including a section that focused on the first priority:
Equity can and should be viewed from three distinct perspectives: administration (leadership), teachers and students. Since BARR was created by teachers, for teachers, let’s take a closer look at the issue of equity from the teacher lens. How do teachers bring the concept of equity to their daily interactions? It starts with a series of tough questions.
- How does equity impact the way I teach?
- How does equity impact the way I create lessons and choose curricular materials?
- How does equity impact the way I interact with parents and community members?
- How does equity impact the way I communicate with my colleagues?
- How does equity impact the way classroom environment I create?
Once these questions are answered, faculty also needs tools to support them. The BARR model provides the process, structure and classroom tools to support teachers’ efforts to increase equity and opportunity for all students. Here’s how:
- Relationship and Community Building from the start
- Block Teaching Concept – shared students with shared teachers
- 9th Grade Counselor and/or Social Worker
- Family/Community Connections
- Data and Reflection
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