Equity in Education

Equity is a practice - a life-long learning journey. Equity cannot be outsourced or delegated. Equity is personal and communal. Equity is empathy in action. 

All children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential, to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully to a community that values and nurtures their individual talents, challenges and dreams. We must act with with empathy to directly combat racism, sexism, poverty, and the marginalization of all non-dominant voices in Vermont.

Together we can create a more just and joyful future.

This page is intended to be a place for communally shared, discussed and curated resources. It is far from comprehensive, but hopefully useful. If you have suggestions, questions, or comments, please be in touch!

Thanks to workshops and conferences hosted by multiple groups, Paul Gorski’s Equity Literacy framework is reaching hundreds of Vermonters this year. Can we align our equity efforts, language, and collaborations for greater effect? Read, share, connect, act!

Resources For examining whiteness and Race In VT Schools

(An open-access, peer-curated resource)

The National Equity Project has produced a wealth of resources to support their Vision: "Every child in America has the right to a quality education. We support people to make good on that promise." We encourage you to visit their site.

NESSC Common Data Project Annual Report: transparent, comparable data about high school and college outcomes from the six New England states. Great fodder for evidence-based action planning.

Wealth and povery: We need a new american dream

When people talk about tragic inequity in Vermont, poverty often dominates the conversation. Too many of our social, political and economic systems perpetuate poverty and the power and privilege that deepen the opportunity gap. We can and must stand up for change.

There are many bright spots - let’s do our part to share, support and amplify these efforts!

Advance Vermont is working to close the opportunity gap by dramatically increasing enrollment and retention in post-secondary education.

Vermont coalition for ethnic and social equity in schools

Legislation and policy in Vermont

These organizations can help keep you up to date with active education equity legislation and policy in Vermont:


Education equity means that each child receives what he or she needs to develop to his or her full academic and social potential. Working toward equity involves commitments to 1) Access, 2) Process, and 3) Outcome.

1. Ensuring equally high outcomes for all participants in our educational system; removing the predictability for success or failures that currently correlates with any social or cultural factor;

2. Interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children; and

3. Discovering and cultivating the unique gifts, talents, and interests that every human possesses. (Definition from the National Equity Project)

Equity requires the elimination of inequity - an active, definable task.

As the world grows more strange and puzzling and difficult, I don’t believe most of us want to keep struggling through it alone, I can’t know what to do from my own narrow perspective. I know I need a better understanding of what’s going on. I want to sit down with you and talk about all the frightening and hopeful things I observe, and listen to what frightens you and gives you hope. I need new ideas and solutions for the problems I care about. I know I need to talk to you to discover those. I need to learn to value your perspective, and I want you to value mine. I expect to be disturbed by what I hear from you. I know we don’t have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are joined by our human hearts.
- Margaret Wheatley -