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What is Deep Equity? 


Deep Equity is a comprehensive and systemic professional development process aimed at producing the deep personal, professional, and organizational transformations that are necessary to create equitable places of learning for all of our nation’s children.

This capacity-building program helps educators dismantle disparities through sustained, collaborative efforts and courageous leadership.

"Working Together for Inclusion, Equity, and Excellence"


You want all students to succeed, but despite your best efforts, some students continue to fall through the cracks. Perhaps you have undertaken cultural competency initiatives in the past, only to find that the training was “all talk and no action,” or that discussions meant to bring educators together have only divided your school community further. Deep down, you know the real reasons why past efforts have not worked:

  • Top-down school reform mandates generally don't produce large scale educational equity
  • Punitive consequences for failure to comply have dispirited the educational workforce
  • The dynamics of privilege and power must be confronted to impact real change
  • Students' cultural realities and experiences must be at the center of the teaching and learning process

 The Deep Equity program is different.

Developed and implemented nationally by Gary Howard, the Deep Equity program addresses the dynamics of power and privilege in a safe, engaging, and inspiring environment in which all educators are honored and valued as professionals. By engaging in the program, you and your colleagues will learn to dismantle educational disparities through your own sustained, collaborative efforts and courageous leadership.


The Deep Equity Difference


The Deep Equity program is uniquely designed as both an intensive system-wide process and a focused process that builds capacity for cultural competence and culturally responsive teaching at the building level. The program:

  • Leads participants through five phases of engagement, growth and conversation
  • Transforms pedagogy at the classroom level and closes targeted achievement gaps at the individual level
  • Provides a comprehensive set of practical tools for classroom implementation
  • Deepens educators’ understanding of issues of social dominance and social justice to increase their passion for equity and reduce traditional resistance
  • Addresses the dynamics of power and privilege and the impact that institutional biases have on our schools and our students
  • Teaches educators to recognize and dismantle educational disparities from the bottom-up
  • Focuses on multiple dimensions of difference that affect educational outcomes (race, culture, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, special needs, religion, learning styles)
  • Demonstrates a process of peer support and action research focused on data-based results
  • Measures strategic outcomes related to cultural competence and culturally responsive practice




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