Our work empowers K-12 organizations to develop racial literacy through high-quality, dynamic and meaningful professional learning opportunities. We design and collaborate with nationally recognized racial equity experts with the goal of helping school districts improve their practice and meet the needs of their diverse student populations. Through our curriculum, expert instructors, and ongoing coaching support, districts can begin to enact change in K-12 education.

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K-12 Racial Equity Leadership Academies

Our work empowers K-12 organizations to develop racial literacy through high-quality, dynamic and meaningful professional learning opportunities. We design and collaborate with nationally recognized racial equity experts with the goal of helping school districts improve their practice and meet the needs of their diverse student populations. Through our curriculum, expert instructors, and ongoing coaching support, districts can begin to enact change in K-12 education.

ACADEMY OVERVIEW

Our in-person or virtual professional learning series helps K-12 educators and leaders more effectively lead on racial equity. Academy participants are introduced to content and strategies they have likely never learned anywhere else in their educational or professional upbringings. Over a co-determined time period, we offer virtual or in-person sessions on the USC campus in Los Angeles. Each session is highly engaging and focuses on a specific racial equity topic.

Academy instructors are nationally-known experts who consult with numerous K-12 schools and districts. Their sessions focus mostly on strategies and practical approaches. Instructors use contemporary cases of racial problems in K-12 schools. Emphasis is placed on learning from equity gains and racial missteps that have recently occurred elsewhere; learning how to get ahead of situations and reducing the risk of crisis; and learning actionable racial equity leadership strategies. Participants also receive numerous tools and resources.

APPROACH

Our Racial Equity Academy series include a wide range of racial equity topics strategically designed to:

  • Provide support and tools for K-12 leaders to lead racial equity initiatives in their organizations
  • Empower K-12 educators to implement equity-focused practices in their classrooms
  • Enhance educator understanding and knowledge of racial equity and how it applies specifically to K-12 school systems

EXAMPLES OF RACIAL EQUITY SESSIONS

Affirming Students’ Racial Identities and Cultural Histories in Curricula

Cultivating Relationships with Families and Communities of Color

Eliminating Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline

Leading Productive Conversations about Race and Racism at School

Teaching the Truth about Slavery and America’s Racial History

Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias

Understanding the Manifestations and Effects of Anti-Blackness in Schools

STRATEGIC RACIAL EQUITY PROJECTS

With the support of center experts, strategic racial equity project teams are organized to address a racial inequity problem or opportunity in their school community. Participants are given a research-informed project framework to design and implement their racial equity project. Center experts give feedback on each component of the project’s design. Beyond the Academy series, we systematically track and assess the progress of each project. Assessment and support from the Center continues in the year that follows the Academy series.

RACIAL EQUITY PROJECT EXAMPLES

Equity and Justice Initiative: A Team Approach to Designing Antiracist Pedagogy and Integrating Antiracist Learning

Early Education Funding and Support of Professional Development for Teachers to Support Equity and Access for Black Children

Challenging the Gatekeepers: Ensuring Access for Black and Brown Children to Attend College

Customized Professional Learning Experiences

We customize high-quality, practically useful professional learning experiences for K-12 schools, districts, and charter networks across the U.S.

APPROACH

Format

We can deliver these virtually or travel to facilitate them in person.

Duration

Sessions can vary in duration – we offer 60- and 90-minute, half-day, full-day, and multi-day options

Topics/Focal Areas

Superintendents, principals, and other senior-level leaders can choose a topic from the list of sessions we offer in our K-12 Racial Equity Leadership Academies (see above).

We can also develop equity-focused sessions on topics beyond those taught in our Academies.

Experts

Center experts and nationally renowned racial equity scholars design and deliver these highly engaging professional learning sessions.

K-12 Racial Equity Research Projects

Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District West, African American Student Success Project

Inglewood Unified School District, African American Student Success Initiative

Lemon Grove Unified School District Racial Equity Audit

Contact Us

Use this form to reach the following department contact:

k12race@usc.edu





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