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Educator Development and Equity

Equitable Access to Effective Educators

Published: 2/11/2021 9:23 AM

Every student in the Commonwealth deserves access to excellent educators. Educators who have unique experiences, quality preparation and a commitment to their success. The Kentucky Department of Education is committed to developing initiatives that address the need to improve equitable access to effective teachers and leaders across the state. Section 1111(g)(1)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) outlines strategies Kentucky will employ to ensure that poor, minority, Limited English Proficient, and special needs students are not taught by inexperienced, ineffective, or out-of-field teachers at higher rates than other children.

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) unanimously approved a resolution affirming its commitment to racial equity in Kentucky’s public schools during a special meeting on July 10, 2020.  "The vision of the Kentucky Board of Education is to ensure that each student is empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful in a complex and competitive world,” KBE Chair Lu Young read from the resolution.  Read more in the full Kentucky Teacher article.

Equity Resources

  • KEA Leading Just Schools- Culturally Responsive Teaching: This series is designed to be 6-hours and delivered in four parts. The Leading Just Schools Training is designed to help educators understand the needs regarding diversity, social justice, and equity as it relates to education. The purpose is for participants to work on understanding equity and to make plans to implement equitable practices in their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.

  • Harvard Project Implicit: Psychologists at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington created "Project Implicit" to develop Hidden Bias Tests—called Implicit Association Tests, or IATs, in the academic world—to measure unconscious bias.

Erin Ashcraft
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Recruitment and Development
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479 Ext. 4514
Fax (502) 564-4007

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