I’m late to the game on equity in schools. I’ve started reading, and reading, and reading. I’ve taken coursework examining pieces of the problem like racism, poverty, and privilege. I seek out my own resources – getting books after they come up at Edcamp conversations, on Twitter chats (thanks #EduColor), blogs I’ve read, or podcasts I follow. Anytime I see an article come up even remotely related to the topic, I read it.
All because I believe that when you know better, you do better.
But, confession time, I know- but I’m not sure what to DO. I know all of this information about equity in schools, but what to actually do with all of that? I try to be aware, and examine, and confront my own biases. I reflect, and change, and adjust my teaching practices – but it doesn’t feel like enough.
I’m putting this into the universe because I have to be honest about where I am.
I have a lot of questions about my role as RtI teacher and what that means for equity and my students. I get wrapped up in questions about standardized assessments, “researched based” practices, and the legal requirements surrounding RtI. Am I part of the problem?
For now, I’m going to start there – with my classroom and my school. I want to do more, go bigger, broaden my scope – but I need to start with what I have direct control over. Me.
So, I’ll start with these questions: How does RtI fit in with equity? What does an equitable RtI system look like?
I’m not really sure. Time to start researching, reading, reflecting, questioning, discussing, and changing.