A Toolkit for Redesigning Student-Centered Schools and Classrooms
Many educators believe that innovative, student-centered learning leads to greater achievement for all students, especially students of color and low-income students facing barriers to excellent educational outcomes. However, student-centered school innovation will replicate inequitable outcomes if it does not include an explicit equity lens.
Without an emphasis on culturally responsive teaching and a clear assessment of existing inequities and barriers, the student-centered redesign movement could fail the students who need it the most. The field needs a new toolkit with practical guidance for creating truly equitable and student-centered schools. To meet this need, CCE has developed the Equitable Redesign Cycle (right) within our Innovating for Equity toolkit, providing practical tools and an exploration of best practices at the nexus of equity and innovation.
"Unless you innovate with intention rather than novelty, those that are falling behind will fall further behind.” - Russlyn Ali, XQ Super School
This toolkit provides educators with a process for driving equity-focused, innovative school change—along with the tools they need to bring this to life in their own school settings. Our Equitable Redesign Cycle walks educators through the four phases of equitable and innovative school redesign. At every step of the way, we share examples from real schools, supplemental tools, helpful videos, websites to bring the concepts to life, and clear guidance to support effective planning and implementation.
Our Innovating for Equity toolkit is for school leaders, classroom teachers, school design teams, and other educators who are ready to build a more culturally-responsive, student-centered school. This toolkit ensures that both culturally responsive learning and personalized, student-centered design can be achieved together. If you aim to begin work that blurs the line between these two areas of school redesign, then this is the right guide for you.
Our Innovating for Equity toolkit is comprised of both a printed guide—downloadable here or available for purchase in print (coming soon)—and an interactive website complete with multimedia resources, printable tools, and the essentials of our Equitable Redesign Cycle.
While reading the guide from start to finish and following the cycle phases in order will benefit individuals or teams working from the beginning on a new redesign project, we recognize that everyone has a different entry point. We recommend that all users begin with an overview of our cycle and then determine which “phase” best suits your school. Whether your aim is to better meet the needs of marginalized students in your innovative school or leveraging innovation to begin a new redesign, this toolkit and guide should benefit your work.