Engaging educators in the powerful work of leading equity-driven instruction.
Originally developed in partnership with Northshore School District and the Northshore Schools Foundation, the UWB School of Educational Studies is pleased to offer Equity Academies, with a focus on racial and educational justice, to all-K12 educators in Washington State. The Equity Academies are designed for educators seeking to lead instruction and support student success through the lens of equity and justice.
Equity Academies will guide educators to:
- Reflect on and connect critical intersectionalities in educational equity.
- Build and enhance collaboration for instructional equity at a building-level.
- Prepare to inform and lead broader, district-wide efforts to increase instruction that best reflects the diverse needs of all students.
- Create opportunities to engage the district's youth and community voices.
The Equity Academies were developed in alignment with the UW Bothell LEDE (Leadership Development for Educators) educational leadership program framework. A series of once-monthly modules will be led by LEDE faculty, all experienced practitioners in K12 education and leadership.
Participants will engage with peers, guiding practitioners, and school leaders in a series of monthly seminars.
- There are a total of three academies to choose from.
- Each academy consists of four modules, each comprised of the required organizing module and three subsequent modules.
- The Equity Academies will be held online, with the intent to reach and connect educators across the state of Washington.
- Organizing Module cost is $100
- Academy cost is $220. Textbooks are included.
NOTE: The framing of each academy allows for them to be taken in any order, and academy content is complementary across academies.
Organizing Module: The Historical and Philosophical Contexts of Educational Equity: A Primer
All enrollees participate in this introductory module, which provides the foundation for the three academies being offered. The organizing module is designed to assist educators in making critical historical connections to the contemporary struggle for educational equity across minoritized communities in the United States, for the purpose of situating their work as educators and instructional leaders within that struggle. Participants will engage critical and intersectional theories of practice that will assist them in gaining the conceptual knowledge that informs equitable educator and instructional leadership praxis in the context of their buildings, districts, and communities.
Anchor Text: Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality by Joel Spring (2016)
Academy 1: Educator Leadership for Instructional Equity
This academy is designed for educators committed to building and enhancing collaboration for instructional equity at the building level. Educators will gain insight on the importance of engaging the knowledge and community cultural wealth of the youth and communities they serve in developing culturally responsive leadership strategies to support and improve instructional equity and leverage educational leadership to support and develop educator agency and instructional innovation.
Anchor Text: Culturally Responsive School Leadership by Muhammad Khalifa (2018).
Academy 2: Educator Leadership for Curricular and Pedagogical Equity
This academy is intended for educators with aspirations to co-develop classroom and school supports for curricular and pedagogical equity. Educators will critically reflect on existing challenges and opportunities in developing and supporting collaboration for curricular and pedagogical equity rooted in equitable instructional leadership. Participants will consider strategies to align classroom practices through a transformative Ethnic Studies approach. These efforts can assist in more intentionally and effectively supporting educators’ ability to collaborate and lead for curricular and pedagogical equity within their building and across the district.
Anchor Text: Transformative Ethnic Studies in Schools By Christine Sleeter and Miguel Zavala (2020)
Academy 3: Educator Leadership for Youth and Community Engagement
This academy is designed for educators committed to building and enhancing collaboration for instructional equity at the community level. Educators will draw upon critical theories of practice to reflect on opportunities for engaging NSD’s most vulnerable youth and communities through participatory action research. Centering youth and community voices and experiential knowledge, participants will co-develop strategies for sustained engagement to support innovative, equitable, and culturally responsive instruction.
Anchor Text: Just Schools: Building Equitable Collaborations with Families and Communities by Ann Ishimaru (2019)
Attending Multiple Academies and Action Research Projects
Academy alumni, participants who have completed an academy in a prior year, are welcome to enroll in a different academy this year. Participants who completed the initial Organizing Module in any year will not need to complete it again.
The academy experience and curriculum are designed so those participating in multiple academies will build upon and deepen their knowledge. Projects developed as a result of participation in any of the three academies may be carried over with continued focus into another academy. This will provide participants with additional framing for developing potential action research projects, and the specific equity issues they have taken up.
University of Washington Bothell LEDE faculty will provide some additional advisement on action research projects stemming from this work.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks are free to all participants. Instructions on textbook pick-up will be included in your registration confirmation.
Washington State educators who complete the Organizing Module and one Equity Academy are eligible for 16 clock hours for no additional cost. Partial clock hours are possible. All clock hours will be awarded at the end of each academy. Clock hours fulfill the Washington State requirement for equity-based school practices for both teachers (15) and administrators (10).
We hope to offer the Equity Academies at a future date! Please complete the form below to receive notification of the enrollment period.
Program Interest Form Link
Northshore School District Educators:
Chief Leadership & Strategy Officer
Other School District Educators:
Director of Academic Services
School of Educational Studies
Participants will receive payment instructions prior to the first academy date.