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What’s the Difference Between Equity and Equality in Education?

Resources for a Deeper Understanding

Education Technology

Researchers from the Connected Learning Alliance published a report that clearly illustrates the nuances of the difference between equity and equality, specifically through purposeful use of education technology. Take a look by reading the report, here.

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional instruction should also be equitable, and not delivered “equally” to all students. We have more work to do in understanding exactly how to make that happen, and new research is always emerging. To start, we can turn to some of the research around supporting specific student populations with SEL, such as English Learners. For more on that, check out this article from eSchool News.

Early Childhood Education

It’s increasingly recognized that early childhood education is a particularly crucial space in ensuring equity for all PreK-12 students. But nationally, there are disparities in who benefits from quality preschool programs, and a great deal of work to do in ensuring that early childhood education is equitable. For more, check out these resources from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Community and Family Engagement

Community and family engagement, emphasized under the Every Student Succeeds Act, can serve as a critical space where equity work can make a meaningful difference for students. Simply ensuring that a school makes an effort to communicate with all families isn’t enough, because family cultures and backgrounds could require a different approach to communication. While researchers are still working to identify best practices for equitable family engagement, this research review from Teachers College, Columbia University, is a great place to start.

References

Friedman-Krauss, Allison H., et al. The State of Preschool 2017. The National Institute for Early Childhood Education Research, 2018, pp. 1–30, The State of Preschool 2017.

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