Resources for Embracing Equity

Educators across the country are on the front line of yet another crisis—one that requires us to reach across the divides to achieve healing and unity. In alignment with our mission and vision, CCSA understands that there is a direct connection between racism and the pernicious achievement gap we have endeavored to close. Every school must address this moment, and we commend educators who are already taking steps to confront and root out racism in our system.

Efforts like preparing staff to show up for students without minimizing or explaining away racism and mining content and pedagogical practices for implicit bias are not easy. We encourage you not to go at it alone. Many organizations have been developing resources, trainings, and coaching practices for decades and we encourage you to use them. We have highlighted some of these organizations here to help get you started.

Explore the California Charter Schools Association's curated list of resources for educators and parents below:

Anti-Racism & Racial Equity Resources
Trauma-Informed Education and Care
Social and Emotional Learning Support

Exemplar Organizations Focused on Racial Equity

Resources and Professional Development:

  • ADL: Anti-bias resources for educators, parents, and families
  • Center for Racial Justice in Education: trains and empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities
  • Embracing Equity: A social change agency dedicated to centering racial justice in education through racial and ethnic identity development, critical consciousness, and critical action
  • Kingmakers of Oakland: Provides support and technical assistance to schools, districts and organizations interested in improving educational and life outcomes for Black male students
  • National Equity Project: Provide resources, tools and resources, as well as coaching and consulting services, focused on building excellence and equity in schools, nonprofits, and communities.
  • Teaching Tolerance: Free resources for schools and educators to help educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy
  • The Equity Lab: Runs fellowship programs for professionals who are interested in engaging deeply with race and equity work, along with longer-term engagements
  • USC Race and Equity Center: Research, tools and resources on race, racism, immigration, and other dimensions or equity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coaching and Consulting:

K-12 Leaders of Color and Student Success

The California Charter Schools Association analyzed the relationship between having a leader of color and school-level outcomes in California’s public schools during the 2017-2018 academic year in a new report. This report found that, on average:

  • Students at schools with a leader of color scored significantly higher on state tests, especially at high schools
  • Twelfth grade students at schools with a leader of color graduate significantly more prepared for college and career
  • Students, especially African American students and high school students, with a leader of color were significantly less likely to be suspended

Download your copy of Charting the Course to Equity: K-12 Leaders of Color and Student Success today.