Coaching for Equity in the Classroom

2016-17 Coaching for Equity in the Classroom Calendar:

October 6-7, 2016 | Oakland, CA 

  • How do I work with teachers so that they feel supported by me to learn more about and address the needs of the students who are not yet successful in their classroom?
  • What coaching strategies can support teachers to open up to new ways of thinking or sustain new practices?
  • How can I support teachers to motivate their students so to become more independent learners and take ownership of their learning?

School leaders and instructional coaches need both a set of powerful coaching practices and a clear vision for the kinds of relationships and pedagogy necessary for teachers to ensure that every student can succeed at high levels.. This new two-day institute offers the foundations of our approach to Coaching for Equity, along with a powerful Learning Partnership framework to guide what we are coaching toward in the classroom. This framework is an approach to increasing student engagement and ownership of learning, particularly for those who have not been successful in schools and/or have a history of negative experiences in schools.

Coaching for Equity in the Classroom offers core skills and practices that National Equity Project coaches have employed over the last 20 years, with a focus on coaching classroom teachers toward Learning Partnerships. This is about supporting teachers to develop purposeful, culturally responsive relationships between the teacher and student and providing a “window” that enables teachers to better understand their students: multiple aspects of their identities; how they think; how they learn; and the self-perceptions and non-cognitive factors that affect their learning. The framework offers a supportive “mirror” for the teacher: Who am I? What mindsets might consciously or unconsciously shape my teaching and interactions with students? What skills do I need to further develop as a teacher? Learning Partnerships enable the building of trust across differences of identity (race, gender, class, family background, life experience, generation, etc.) and the leveraging of that trust in service of deeper ownership—and ultimately acceleration—of student learning.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the impact of student and teacher identities & mindsets on student performance
  • Learn how to support teachers to shift their thinking about students they are challenged by in order to effectively teach every student
  • Plan and practice using different coaching interventions
  • Begin planning how to build a partnership with teachers and support them to build learning partnerships with students

Who Should Attend

Instructional coaches; Instructional leaders; Department or Grade-Level leaders; Teachers on Special Assignment; School administrators who lead and support teachers; Managers or conveners of instructional coaches


$700/participant; includes breakfast, lunch and a resource book.


  • October 6-7, 2016 | Oakland, CA | $700
  • If you are seeking a follow-up opportunity for Coaching for Equity in the Classroom, consider registering for a Coach Clinic:
    • December 2, 2016 | Oakland, CA | $250 (Limited number of discounted seats available)

For questions about registration please contact Dana Fitchett at

We can also custom deliver this Institute for your organization, email sgray (at) for more information.