“In my work as a teacher educator and classroom coach, one of my greatest joys was seeing teachers grow their classrooms into true learning communities.” – Lanette Trowery, PhD, Senior Director of the McGraw-Hill Learning Research and Strategy Team
In Dr. Trowery’s article, “Supporting Equitable Classrooms”, she shares lessons learned from teachers who succeeded in creating equitable classrooms that supported all learners. The lessons include:
- Driving a district toward equity begins with the classroom environment- Doing high-level learning through critical analysis with your peers, taking risks and making mistakes, or engaging in discussions that draw on different, and sometimes uncomfortable, methods or worldviews requires students to be in a space where they feel safe and cared for. Taking time to develop a classroom environment that supports that work becomes the structure upon which equitable teaching and learning can find a foothold.
- Creating an equitable classroom environment that supports all learners- Develop a positive classroom community, and focus on the learning environment- structures and procedures that support student learning and the academic attitudes developed in the classroom.
- Utilizing students’ cultural competence to build a classroom community- Knowing each student academically, socially, and personally supports a teacher’s ability to further understand student behaviors and how to address them.
- Creating a classroom climate that supports risk taking and critical analysis- Developing a safe classroom means teachers readily address issues and events that can potentially make students fearful and hesitant in their interactions with others.
- Developing an academically focused learning environment- Focus on the academic achievement of all students, encourage, reinforce, and produce academic excellence in your students. Students’ skills and abilities are valued and channeled in academically important ways.
“Having well-crafted practices that reflect the deep consideration of equity in classrooms help teachers reflect on their habits, beliefs, and cultural vision.” – Lanette Trowery, PhD, Senior Director of the McGraw-Hill Learning Research and Strategy Team
In Dr. Trower’s article she elaborates on each of the above lessons. To read her article in full, click here.