Fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — particularly those of color or living in poverty.
AT THE EDUCATION TRUST, we believe that equity means providing students with the supports that they need in order to access opportunity and participate fully in our democratic society. Advancing equity requires the dismantling of historic and present-day systems of injustice that disadvantage underserved students—specifically students of color and students from low-income backgrounds—and a recognition that students who have been disenfranchised must be provided with additional, not equal, resources to succeed. To advance equity, The Education Trust’s research and advocacy efforts help to create the conditions that allow for more just policies and practices that give students of color and students from low-income backgrounds what they need to thrive. In this way, we believe that equity is justice. Equity is essential to ensuring that all students in this country with dreams and determination can fulfill their vast potential. Equity is necessary for America to live up to its self-concept as a land of opportunity.
To pursue educational equity in our work, we: • Support and collaborate with state equity coalitions to ensure all students—especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds—receive a quality education; • Learn from and partner with the communities we serve in an effort to help build the capacity of those communities to advance opportunity and academic achievement; • Take an intersectional approach to challenges in education—addressing both cross-cutting identities and leveraging cross-sector connections—and seek evidence-based solutions to those challenges; • Advocate for policies, practices, and resources that advance positive outcomes for students, from preschool through college; and • Make our voices heard via a variety of platforms and publish research and data that highlight disparities in access to educational opportunity for the students for whom excellent teaching and learning make all the difference.
To pursue equity as an organization, we: • Recruit, support, and develop a diverse staff with various backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences; • Acknowledge and check our own biases and privileges; • Intentionally develop and implement organizational policies and practices that do not reinforce existing societal disadvantages based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status; and • Commit to continuous learning about income inequality, racism, and structural challenges that inhibit educational equity and justice for all students.
Made with ❤️ by Veni Kunche.