While many districts are trying to determine the right version of hybrid instruction, there are key questions and concerns about what equity means in your district. Access to school-level data and improvement plans are important for boards to understand the academic and opportunity gaps that exist, and aligning with board members is a key step to effectively aligning your budget and priorities to what you value. Data is critical to ensure equal opportunity for student success and effectively support teachers who are also adapting to a new instructional environment.
Below is a summary of recent research completed on equity implementation and virtual professional development. Please contact us if you would like a consultation and to learn more about custom research and workshops available.
- Offline Equity Best Practices – This research brief provides an overview of the digital equity problem – the digital divide – as well as an overview of effective strategies to reduce inequities between students learning online and offline.
- Toolkit: Systemic Implementation of Equity – This toolkit is intended to support district leaders and equity committee members in guiding initial conversations around equity and supporting the district’s first steps in prioritizing equity across the district. The topics range of definitions of different types of equity to evaluating practices and developing an equity plan.
- Superintendents Leadership Council – The latest edition of Hanover’s Superintendents Leadership Council live discussion was held last Thursday evening and focused primarily on Managing Two Crises: Cultivating Anti-Racism in the Midst of Reopening. You can access a recording of the session here. Special thanks to the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) for sponsoring this event.
VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- New Educator Learning Center – Hanover’s new online professional learning platform equips districts with sustained and interactive professional learning for remote teachers. Our current course material includes four priority areas – social-emotional learning, culturally-responsive teaching, instruction design, and multi-tiered systems of support.
- Best Practices in Online Professional Learning – This report presents best practices for online professional learning that providers and facilitators can use directly with participants to promote engagement and maximize the effectiveness of programming. The report includes a checklist for districts to assess their online professional development capabilities.