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Access to the core elements of a quality education is vital to ensure all children can reach their potential and succeed.  This collection offers a variety of resources on the topic of equity, from designing and implementing mentoring and induction programs in high-need schools, to teacher preparation and continuing education, to supporting special populations including English learners, to ensuring equal access to charter schools. 

Decision Points: Defining, Calculating, and Addressing Gaps in Access to Effective Educators
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2019 PDF (pdf)
This brief provides states a resource for the design and implementation of equitable access plans. It focuses on four sequential decision points: define “ineffective,” “inexperienced,” and “out-of-field” teachers; design comparison groups and decide on levels of analysis; define what constitutes an “equity gap” and set targets; and decide what to require from districts with identified equity gaps and how to support them.
ESL Language Coaches Model Pilot
Resource Type: Infographic
2019 PDF (pdf)
This infographic outlines the need for educators to use formal education instructional strategies to support the increasing number of English Learners (ELs) in Louisiana.
Identifying and Addressing Gaps in Access to Effective Educators
Resource Type: Webinar
2019 Video (mp4/m4v/mov)
This webinar introduces a new resource, DECISION POINTS: Defining, Calculating, and Addressing Gaps in Access to Effective Educators, which provides a step-by-step process for developing and monitoring state policy to address educator equity gaps. The program includes an overview of the Texas Education Agency’s work, with reflections on the challenges, successes, lessons learned, and plans for the future.
Rethinking Special Education Certification in Texas
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2019 PDF (pdf)
To improve both student outcomes and teacher preparation, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Comprehensive Center developed a Strategic Plan for Special Education based on input from stakeholders across the state. Two goals of the strategic plan relate to educator preparation and sufficient levels of special education staffing.
Flipping the Readiness Paradigm: Tailoring Programs to Address the Achievement Gap and Teacher Shortages in High-Need Schools
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2019 PDF (pdf)
This brief outlines the unique characteristics of high-need schools, supports state and district leaders as they consider their role in implementing initiatives with a focus on equity, and explores how programs can be customized to meet the unique circumstances of a high-need school context.
Working Together to Support Equitable Access to Charter Schools: Research and Recommendations
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2018 PDF (pdf)
This policy brief summarizes recent charter school research, identifies three promising strategies intended to support equitable access to high-quality charter schools, and proposes charter-school-related topics that would benefit from additional research.