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The 5 Phases of Deep Equity

The foundational 5 phases underpin the Deep Equity process to establish a safe climate that allows staff and students to engage in open conversations about persistent inequities, identify the root causes of inequities in educational systems, focus on practical applications of culturally responsive practices for classroom teachers, and create a long-term, sustainable plan for systemic transformation.


Phase 1

Tone and Trust

  • Build a climate of constructive collaboration and transcend the rhetoric of shame and blame.
  • Get tools to help gather real time data about the school climate.
  • Learn how to engage educators in open conversations about persistent inequities.


Phase 2

Personal Culture and Personal Journey 

  • Define cultural competence and connect it with student outcomes.
  • Learn how lack of inclusivity in school climate can cause adults and students to bring less than their full energy and focus to the classroom.
  • Start action-research processes for strengthening the cultural competence of each adult in the school. 


Phase 3

Social Dominance to Social Justice 

  • Explore issues of privilege, power, and difference.
  • Link issues of dominance to current educational inequities.
  • Get tools that identify inequities in the school/district and elicit strategies for addressing those inequities.


Phase 4

Classroom Implications and Applications

  • Honor professionalism and the good intentions of the team, while examining how some behaviors and beliefs may be getting in the way.
  • Learn which classroom interactions are most effective in reaching the full spectrum of diverse learners using the 7 Principles of Culturally Responsive Practices.


Phase 5

Systemic Transformation/Planning for Change

  • Identify organizational barriers to equity and apply a three-stage model for organizational transformation.
  • Get tools that help plan and implement a 3-to-5-year initiative.
  • Customize an evaluation design to track student outcomes and organizational growth

How the Deep Equity Model Works

train the trainer model

Develop School Leadership Teams in each school

Teams of 5-7 educators from each school within a district attend 7 days of School Leadership training led by a certified Deep Equity consultant to gain the process, protocols, language, and tools to engage in courageous, authentic, measurable, sustainable work in their buildings.

School Leadership Team members lead school reform at each site

School Leadership Team members engage the rest of their colleagues in sustained PD activities around addressing systemic barriers to achievement and creating culturally responsive learning environments.

Embed culturally responsive practices into everyday practice

Educators use culturally responsive practice strategies to create a culture of equity, inclusion, and excellence in every classroom and schoolwide.



Bring Deep Equity to your school or district

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