Equity Playbook seeks to fill opportunity gaps in education


The Equity Playbook is a three-year project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Department of Education, or KDE, has announced the launch of its Equity Playbook, with 70 public school districts across the state initially participating in the project.

KDE’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging team has partnered with engage2learn, an education consulting firm, and regional education cooperatives in Kentucky to lead this work. The Equity Playbook provides district and school leaders with personalized coaching on evidence/research-based practices, content, and resources to fill opportunity gaps in one or more of the following areas:

–Student success

–Use of funds and resources

–Disproportionality in relation to student discipline

–Culture and climate

–Highly efficient staff and high quality teaching resources

“Our efforts to promote equity in Kentucky schools are essential if we are to achieve our aspirations of providing a meaningful, quality educational experience for every child,” Education Commissioner Jason Glass said. “We believe this playbook will be a valuable tool for our teachers and districts as they seek to fill the opportunity gaps that exist.”

Over the past year, districts and regional educational cooperatives have been invited to participate in this professional learning opportunity. The engage2learn coaching model and research-based feedback process is customized to meet the needs and challenges of each district or school based on their needs. Each district or school involved will have multiple educators, including teachers, school counselors, instructional coaches, and other district and school leaders.

Equity Playbook participants will examine the presence and strength of their current policies and practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. They will also progress in the areas of self-awareness, cultural competency and community building to support school and district priorities, said Tami Dean, executive director of Partner Success for engage2learn.

“Reaching the entire state of Kentucky, our partnership will become a model for intentional and measurable equity growth,” Dean said. “As an educator with 25 years of equity experience, I can’t think of a more exciting and impactful opportunity than what we have here.”

The Equity Playbook is a three-year project funded by emergency relief funds for elementary and secondary schools through the American Rescue Plan Act. Watch this video on the Kentucky Equity Playbook to learn more about this project.


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