DEI-Responsive Curriculum: Transform your School by leveraging Professional Learning Communities and the Tuning for Equity Protocol
ABSTRACT: Transformational, DEI-responsive curriculum is a necessity. But how do we create Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that support our teachers in this process? A DEI-responsive PLC program inspires teachers to curate both curricula and classroom spaces that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all learners.
OVERVIEW: Magic happens when teachers reflect upon their craft within a supportive, peer-based environment. As educators and administrators, we curate the learning spaces where students come of age. Students’ world views are powerfully shaped by our courses, classrooms, and curricula. A DEI-responsive PLC approach provides an action-oriented, peer-supported structure within which all faculty build their capacities as DEI-responsive educators. We must offer both curricula and classroom spaces that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all middle school learners.
OUR MODEL: We have scaled a robust PLC model at our school for sixty educators across an EK-12 setting. The mission of our PLC work is to build capacity with DEI-responsive curriculum through utilizing the Tuning for Equity Protocol within Professional Learning Communities.
ENGAGEMENT OPTIONS AND TAKEAWAYS: During this Discover Session, we will present the details and layers of this work. Participants will walk away with actionable ideas to implement at their schools. These include the following:
- Access a deep resource list on DEI-responsive classrooms.
- Explore how to implement PLCs at your school, and examine how Critical Friends Protocols provide frameworks for challenging conversations.
- Assess your school's current curriculum using a thorough DEI-responsive curricular rubric.
- Brainstorm guiding questions that could deepen DEI-responsiveness within your school’s curriculum.