Delaware County Center for Equity

  • Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) is passionate about ensuring equity with educational communities. Our goal is for everyone who interacts with DCIU to feel included, respected, and treated with dignity. We continue to actively support equitable practices both within DCIU and across Delaware County.

Custom Equity Services

  • DCIU can also support districts in equitable practices by providing customized services to fit your needs.

    To request services, email learn@dciu.org.

Equity PD Library

The DCIU Equity Library is a collection of self-paced courses designed to support teachers and school administrators in building intentional equity in school communities. All courses are aligned to the pillars of the PDE Equitable Practices Hub: General Equitable Practices, Self-Awareness, Data Practices, Family/Community Engagement, Academic Equity, and Disciplinary Equity. DCIU specialists regularly update and add new course materials. Additional information for all current courses is below.


General Equity Practices

Description

The "Coaching for Equity" Book Study is packed with resources necessary to implement Transformational Coaching in any organization. In addition to an updated coaching framework and corresponding rubrics, a comprehensive set of coaching tools puts success in every coach's hands. Perfect for teachers, teacher leaders, coaches and administrators, Coaching for Equity offers extensive strategies for talking about race, power, and systems of oppression.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Social Workers, Instructional Coaches

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Description

Dignity is defined as equal human value and worth. When dignity is violated in our school settings it has a direct impact on the culture and climate of the school community. This three-hour course will explore the difference between respect and dignity, four common distortions as well as four common dispositions of dignity. The course will wrap up 10 strategies to support a culture of dignity in your school.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers

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Purpose

This is a three hour overview course on equity implementation. This course explores foundational reasons why current approaches to equity in schools aren't successful and offers keys to successful implementation. The course is based on Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple's work on dignity and belonging. They focus on three main keys to success including: inclusion, belonging, and dignity. This course explores their dignity-based framework and offers tools to support schools on breaking the cycle of equity dysfunction.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parents/Community, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Special Area Teachers

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Description

Let's talk money! Economic opportunity and upward mobility serve as the foundation of the American Dream. But, a child's future chances of achieving this are increasingly dependent upon the income and wealth of that child's family. What does this mean for our students? In examining this question, this course explores the key components of economic inequality and how education systems are a key factor in ensuring all students have equitable opportunities for economic mobility. Participants will gain insight into the role of education in economic inequality and explore three of the National School Climate Center's key dimensions of school climate (safety, interpersonal relationships, and institutional environment) to explore actions schools and districts can take to increase the effectiveness of education as a catalyst for economic equity.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Counselors

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Purpose

From this introductory, 3-hour, asynchronous course, you will be able to do the following: Identify three conditions that, together, define bullying. Learn when bullying crosses over to harassment that has protections at the federal level. Gain strategies for interrupting and preventing bullying by enhancing belonging and protective factors.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, Special Area Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Administrative Assistants, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Nurses, Librarians

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Purpose

This course is an extension of High-Leverage Practices in Special Education to Promote Equity. Content will include an introduction to inclusion and equitable instruction for all learners. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to implement equitable practices in their classroom through use of evidence based instructional strategies to maximize learning for all students. Effective implementation of cognitive, metacognitive, and active engagement strategies will be discussed.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

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Purpose

This course closely examines the topic of gender and analyzes practices to promote gender equity in the classroom and school setting. Gender equality is a human right and it is our responsibility as educators to support it. Participants will engage in discussions, read articles, view videos and explore resources around the topic of gender and gender equity. Quizzes are embedded in the course to support the content.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, Special Area Teachers, Paraprofessionals

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Self-Awareness

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide a general overview and awareness of implicit bias. Participants will learn the definitions of implicit bias, microaggression and several other terms that correlate with discussions around equity. The topic is explored via articles, videos, quizzes and discussion activities. All modules must be completed to receive 3 hours of Act 48 credit. Participants are challenged to analyze their own bias and incite change around equitable practices in their role as educators and beyond.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, Special Area Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parents/Community, Administrative Assistants, School Counselors

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Academic Equity

Purpose

Current data demonstrate a wide gap in math performance and growth in students of color, identified as economically disadvantaged, and all students with disabilities, regardless of disability type. This course will provide an overview of how to create a more intensive intervention to close the achievement gap effectively through the use of a quality Multi-tiered System of Support and Data-based Individualization. This learning module begins with the premise that all students are receiving instruction at their grade level through tier 1, high-quality core aligned instruction. Furthermore, as part of the MTSS within the building there is a comprehensive assessment system in place and evidence-based tier 2 intervention should be provided in addition to the tier 1 for students that need more support. This course demonstrates the system that should be in place to decrease learning gaps in students identified as historically underachieving.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists, School Counselors

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Purpose

The intent of this course is to provide a general overview of High-Leverage Practices in Special Education and share accompanying resources. The High-Leverage Practices in Special Education (HLP's) enhance special educator preparation programs and provide evidence-based practices that will impact students with disabilities achievement and provide equitable access to high quality education. Teachers who use HLP's and incorporate culturally responsive teaching can facilitate the development of diverse learners.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals

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Purpose

This online course provides participants the opportunity to explore and understand the connection between a student's preschool language exposure and its impact on early literacy and long-term school achievement. Participants will engage in discussion with their colleagues regarding the relationship between equity, oral language, and literacy.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Educators

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Purpose

In this asynchronous course, we explore how we can encourage Equity while guiding secondary students who have disabilities through the process of planning the course of their own life after they leave high school. We will: Explain what Equity and Educational Equity are, track the major steps in Secondary Transition Planning, identify the roadblocks to Equitable Secondary Transition Planning, and use Presuming Competence as a tool to create Equitable Secondary Transition Planning.

Who Should Attend

Special Education Teachers

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Purpose

Equality in education refers to fairness, justice, and impartiality in education. Equity means accommodating and meeting the specific needs of specific individuals and ensuring that everyone's learning needs are met. This course will give participants the definition of equity in education. The course will also explore how the principles of Universal Design for Learning can how to mitigate this educational divide to support ALL learners regardless of disability, gender, or socioeconomic status.

Who Should Attend

General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

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Purpose

IEPs are the cornerstone of Special Education and every teacher must write them, contribute to them and/or follow them for our special education students. The IEP must support leveling the playing field for our students and provide the specialized resources that each student needs to succeed. In this asynchronous course, we explore writing effective and equitable special education plans.

Who Should Attend

General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

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Disciplinary Equity

Purpose

This virtual course is part of the Equitable Practices and School Climate Library offered through DCIU. We will: (1) discuss the connection between equity and school discipline, (2) review the research and legal base for addressing disproportionalities, (3) introduce a problem solving model that schools and districts can directly apply to discipline data, (4) teach each participant how to use their building/district data to calculate risk rates, risk ratios, and composition indices and (5) learn how to interpret the calculations so teams can address disparities.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers

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Purpose

This course is an extension of the course "Addressing Racial Disproportionalities In School Discipline: You Must Calculate It to Fix It," in which we examined Step 1 (Problem Identification) of the four-part problem solving model for school teams to assess, address, and monitor discipline disproportionality. In this course, we will review steps 2-4.
Step 2 - Problem Analysis: Why is it happening?
Step 3 - Plan Implementation: What should be done?
Step 4 - Plan Evaluation: Is the plan working?
Upon conclusion of this course, participants will have examined their school discipline data, determined the causes for disproportionalities, and created a plan to begin to address equity and how to evaluate whether it is working. This course is designed to help participants immediately apply the skills they have learned to real data in their buildings.

Who Should Attend

District Administrators, Building Administrators, General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parents/Community, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers

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