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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

Students who feel a strong sense of belonging find greater success in school. Develop the skills to connect with and validate students from diverse backgrounds.

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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

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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