Equity in Student-Centered Learning Design

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Guide • January 2022

This guide is designed to help your team design learning that equitably honors the unique assets and needs of your students.

It provides tips, stand-out examples, and discussion questions to work through with your team, for each of our seven principles of student-centered learning.

This guide draws wisdom from 11 brilliant educators who shared from their experiences designing student-centered environments for equity. Meet the fellows.

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Supporting Resources



Beyond the Bake Sale The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships



Coaching for Equity: Conversations that Change



Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy



Culturally Responsive School Leadership



Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students



Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance



Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education



Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School



Excellence Through Equity



The Gospel of the Red Man: An Indian Bible



Killing Rage: Ending Racism



Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong



The Long Haul: An Autobiography



The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness



Pedagogy of the Oppressed



Preparing and Sustaining Social Justice Educators



Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America



Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success



Skin Again



Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation



This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education



Walking the Equity Talk: A Guide for Culturally Courageous Leadership in School Communities



Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom



White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide




10 Principles of Educational Equity






Charlottesville: Rage and Terror



Love Them First



Precious Knowledge



Race: The Power of Illusion


Positive Relationships


Capture the Opportunity Workbooks



Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching All Students Equitably



Education Liberation Network



Evidence for Student-Centered Learning


Foundational Needs Met


The Equity Rubric



The Hope Survey



Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next)



A Resource Guide On Counselors Not Cops – Dignity In Schools Resource Guide



Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package



When Schools Cause Trauma


Positive Identity


The Anti-Racists Guide to New School Hires



Building for Equity: A Guide for Inclusive School Redesign



An Evolutionary Roadmap for Belonging and Co-Liberation



Forged by Reading: The Power of a Literate Life



Hmong Language Resource Hub



How Gender Disparities Affect Classroom Learning



Identity-Affirming Schools Need Race-Conscious Educators



Learner Identity and Agency Guidebook



Lessons From Home



Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America



Radically Inclusive Teaching with Newcomer and Emergent Plurilingual Students: Braving Up


Student Ownership and Agency


21st Century Learners as Activists



Maximizing Student Agency: Implementing and Measuring Student-Centered Learning Practices



The Power of Student Choice in Remote Learning



These Florida Tech Team Teens Are Now the Genius Bar for Their Middle School’s Teachers and Students During Remote Learning



YPAR Youth Participatory Action Research


Real-world Relevance


Toward a Theory of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy




Competency-Based Education Network



Competency Based Education Toolkit by Education Elements and Digital Promise



Framework for Proficiency Based Learning



In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Competency-Based Education



Why the Academic Achievement Gap is a Racist Idea


Anytime, Anywhere


Community Schools Playbook: Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities



Leaving to Learn: How Out-Of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates



Principles of Effective Expanded Learning Programs: A Vision Built on the Afterschool Approach