This resource demonstrates how equity audits can support increased achievement for all students, regardless of socio-economic class, and provides “inequity indicators” for evaluating your school.

Avoiding Equity Traps and Developing Equity Skills

Avoiding equity traps and developing equity skills

The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs.


This chapter explores the traps that prevent educators from being successful with all students. We call these “equity traps” and define them as

patterns of thinking and behaviors that trap the possibilities for creating equitable schools for children of color. In other words, they trap equity; they stop or hinder our ability to move toward equity in schooling. Furthermore, these traps are both individual and collective, often reinforced among administrators and teachers through formal and informal communication, assumptions, and beliefs.

(McKenzie & Scheurich, 2004, p. 603)

However, the individual and ...

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