Many popular frameworks for attending to diversity in schools are built around vague notions of culture (such as cultural competence) or around concepts that detour around equity. The equity literacy framework was constructed to help educators and school systems maximize the integrity of equity initiatives by avoiding these sorts of detours, like all of the rehashings of the bootstrap mentality that have made their way into educational “equity” conversations: grit and growth mindset, for example.
Paul will share four racial equity detours commonly embraced in schools followed by equity principles that can help educators avoid these detours and build a more transformational racial equity approach.
Paul is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has 20 years of experience helping educators strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools, and districts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education(with Seema Pothini). He is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years.