Building Equitable Learning Environments Library

The Equitable Learning Library helps educators, parents, and policy makers find resources and recommendations for creating more equitable and empowering learning environments.

Featured Books

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Whether or not students feel cared for by teachers, and the overall quality of student-teacher relationships, can have profound effects on their engagement and investment in learning.

This book walks through the steps organizations can take when starting equity work in their school and includes accompanying activities for each of the different steps.

Students need supportive feedback that helps them recognize their own potential to grow and succeed.

Student engagement with schoolwork rests on whether that work connects meaningfully to students' personal goals and lives outside of school.

When a classroom environment encourages a sense of community, fosters mutual support among peers, and affirms students’ diverse identities, students are more likely to feel safe, which allows them to fully engage and succeed in school.

When students feel ownership over their own learning through sharing their knowledge and perspectives in the classroom, they engage more actively with their schoolwork. Teachers can create this environment by valuing and responding to student voice.

This book explores a student's experience in school prior to COVID, during COVID and discusses possibilities for the future.

Preventive discipline is an approach which relies on socioemotional learning, relationships, and restorative justice as ways to prevent misbehavior from occurring, and to deal with misbehavior more equitably when it does occur. Written by Alizé Hill

The documentary film, The Second Window: How a Focus on Freshmen Transformed a System (2020) spotlights the research that inspired Chicago Public Schools’ bet on students’ ninth grade year and catalyzed sustained, systemwide improvement.

The BELE Network’s guide to centering students, equity, and SEL in the Fall.

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BELE Framework for Equitable Learning Environments

A guide for transforming student experiences and learning outcomes to build more equitable learning environments

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Copilot is a professional learning tool with a built-in survey engine. It helps educators systematically improve the quality and equity of their students' learning experiences.

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Facilitating Necessary Conversations: A Toolkit for Changemakers During Extraordinary Times

Umoja’s Facilitating Necessary Spaces Toolkit for anti-racist conversations and self-aware facilitation is designed with schools in mind, applicable anywhere.

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COVID-19 Student Support Network Toolkit

COVID-19 -Responsive Resources for families, guardians, caregivers, + communities.

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Recovery to Reinvention Playbook

Tools and guidance to help you develop a Recovery to Reinvention Plan

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