Equity pedagogy is defined as “teaching strategies and classroom environments that help students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function effectively within, and create and perpetuate, a just, humane, and democratic society” (Banks, C & Banks, J. 1995).
This unit builds on the foundation of learning students have done in the previous three units, focusing on Creating a Healthy Learning Community, Understanding Culture and Identity, and Investigating Educational Equity and Opportunity (beyond the walls of the school). This unit moves fully into the classroom and school with questions of how to enact practices that are equitable and culturally sustaining that offer all students a quality education. Students will draw on knowledge of second language acquisition, learning and development, learning differences and special needs to explore differentiated instruction and the diverse strategies to support all students to learn. They will develop a holistic profile of their own learning strengths and challenges and will also complete a profile of a student. This unit is best taught when students are involved in authentic work in classrooms. It is designed to use cycles of inquiry, introducing core practice with theory and strategy, applying them, and then learning from their implementation. Students develop and refine repertoires of effective and equitable teaching strategies as they use them to support other students to learn.