Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We seek to become a country where all students get access to the knowledge and skills they need to continue their education, achieve economic security and contribute their talents to their communities. We view access to an excellent education for all students as a matter of justice. We believe there is justice in the standards and justice in consistent expectations for the preparation of all students.
We know students in poverty, students of color, students with disabilities and English Language Learners are enrolled in every school and district in this country. Research has shown that, when given access to rigorous curricula and aligned instructional experiences, students in all identity groups achieve at a high level.
We also know that students in poverty, students of color, students with disabilities and English Language Learners are at greatest risk for lowered expectations because of systemic racism and unconscious bias. We know we all unconsciously form stereotypes and prejudices of dissimilar social groups – including but not limited to different races and ethnicities - stemming from the tendency to categorize. We believe self-awareness of our own biases is an essential step in addressing the barriers to excellent education for all students and interacting productively across lines of difference in our work together.
“Diversity in leadership was a huge factor for me. Minorities in leadership are not as common as one thinks. Upon my research on the website prior to my arrival, I was convinced that this was an organization where people can grow no matter who or what you are. Now that we are building our DEI I feel as though my assumption was validated.”
-Kanitha Pope, Team Support Coordinator
Our Goals for 2021
Diversity: The diversity of our full-time team, Content Coaches and Board will match or exceed the diversity of students in districts with which we partner.
Equity: In our partnerships, we will not only set goals and hold ourselves accountable for student growth in aggregate, we will set goals and hold ourselves accountable for accelerated growth for prioritized student groups.
Inclusion: There will be no differences in the self-reported staff experience for our four prioritized groups and no differences in retention by identity group.
Data from Staff Survey
83% would recommend Instruction Partners to a friend of color
77% would recommend Instruction Partners to a non-primary English speaker
82% would recommend Instruction Partners to a friend with a disability
80% would recommend Instruction Partners to a friend across classes
82% agree that Instruction Partners has an explicit commitment to equity