Category Archives: Equity

C.A.R. Framework

“How to Build Educators’ SEL Awareness when Engaging in Race and Equity Work within Schools” | Presented at CPSEL Conference 2021

Dr. Maria Akinyele & Dr. Sarah Benis Scheier-Dolberg

C.A.R. Framework Overview

We constructed the C.A.R. Framework as an instructional approach for coaches to use in schools to facilitate meaningful conversations relating to race and equity.

C.A.R. encourages movement beyond individual reflection and consumption of facilitated-provided presentations.

Sequentially, we use 1-2 activities from each column – Check Yourself, Act Together, Reflect to Act – to create a meaningful experience for all participants to engage in reflective practice related to equity and race in schools.

We include examples of activities associated with each column in the handout below.

Check Yourself – Emotional Self-Awareness ToolsAct Together – Social Awareness ToolsReflect to Act – Adult Learning Tools
Equity Story + Emotions LensMaking Equity MetaphorsWisdom of Emotions – Educator Action Planning
Wisdom of Emotions – Hitting the Pause Practice of Empathetic ListeningPeer Coaching for Equity
“Think-Feel-Act” with Equity and/or Race Problems of Practice Identity Circles  “Think-Feel-Act” with Equity and/or Race Problems of Practice
Name Your Emotions + Equity LensEquity Goal Setting with Collective EfficacyImplicit Bias – Empathy & Action Protocol
Implicit Bias Visual ExerciseDeep Culture Study – Know Your Students, ColleaguesIdentity Mapping & Recognizing Patterns
Examining Love Languages in Context of Equity & RaceAppreciation CirclesChallenging Deficit Thinking with Schema Building
Dissecting the Pain and Stress of RaceLove Projects – Removing the Harms of RaceIdeal Self – Exercising Optimism

We weave the Six Seconds Global Network model of emotional intelligence throughout our work with educators.

Six Seconds Model
What are you feeling?  
What options do you have?
What do you want? 

Stay Tuned. Stay Connected.

Dr. Maria Akinyele on Linkedin | maria@agiriLearn.com

Dr. Sarah Benis Scheier-Dolberg on Linkedin | sarahbsd@gmail.com 

Inclusivity and Equity Resources – Set 1

Family and community resources for supporting public schools to engage in equity, inclusion, and anti-bias initiatives.

What equity framework might you/your group choose to operate from? – link to Equity Frameworks (Hammond, 2017)

Consider using comprehensive resource sets from organizations like:

The Equity Project Resources Link

Engaging families and community members in a school walk through with a focus on culturally, responsive teaching, school climate, and/or inclusion can be an eye-opening experience to launch an equity initiative in a school and then return to monitor progress toward school-wide goals. A few examples of these walk through tools are linked below.

Teaching Tolerance has been a foundational organization for school communities to engage in deep equity and anti-bias education. See a few highlights of their free online resources below.

One final idea – make it real with stories and short articles. One examples linked below.

How should we sing Happy Birthday? from Rethinking Schools

From Rethinking Schools – Photo Credit Olivia Wise