Remote Education Resource Center

Equity and Inclusion

The School of Education recognizes that COVID-19, the economic collapse, and the subsequent uproars over disparate treatments by Black Americans at the hands of police and the criminal justice system have further unmasked forms of systemic inequity and racism in our society. We are committed to building inclusive and diverse learning communities across the educational pipeline, from cradle to career. We hope this page can help foster community interactions and the sharing of resources that speak to ways in which we can better listen, understand, and help one another. In this time, systemic forms of inequity are unmasked more than ever and require change.

Issues of inequality in learning have only been further exacerbated due to COVID-19, the unfolding economic hardships, and the racial unrest grappling America. All of which have resulted in a rapid move toward remote learning. This shift in learning has further highlighted the digital divide that exist across communities as well as called for new ways of ensuring that our curricula and learning environments are inclusive and responsive to the varied backgrounds of learners in our classrooms.

This site provides teachers and parents with a curated list of online resources and tools to address issues of inequality and create culturally relevant learning experiences. In addition, you can find links to webinars where experts from the School of Education and the local community discuss these important issues.

Below we share a few suggestions of ways we can continue to uphold these values of diversity, inclusion, and equity in action:

  • Be mindful that our lived experiences and biographies impact how we are experiencing the current moments, often differently. Both individuals, and communities, from different cultural contexts – be that of gender, ethnicity, religion, race, socioeconomic status, geography, immigration status, sexual orientation, etc. – will likely have nuanced and varied responses to the systemic manifestations we are all witnessing and/or experiencing. Be sensitive to this. Listen first. Culturally responsive pedagogy becomes more critical now than perhaps ever before. See our list of resources on how to engage in active listening and culturally relevant pedagogy

Students who are differently abled need modifications with remote learning to ensure equity. Record video meetings, enable captions for video downloads, share written notes or slides, and be mindful of other ways you can modify materials to help create an equitable learning space for differently abled students in technologically heavy remote learning spaces. This can also include “simple” technology such as a phone call which eliminates the need for high bandwidth. We will be sharing models of how such teacher-parent phone calls are being used to maintain learning effectively. Watch our Webinar on Emergency Home Learning & Students with Special Needs with Dr. Giney Riley of Hunter College and Dr. Tammy Ellis-Robinson of UAlbany as well as Caralee Kardash of Capital Region BOCES

COVID has not impacted all communities equally. Minority communities have been hit disproportionately. UAlbany’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities has helped take a leading role in this work.

Be kind. Be flexible. Be adaptable. Many are operating with limited resources, this could include limited access to computers, internet, or privacy, in addition to the many additional stressors that people are facing right now, be that financial, health related, or the trauma around race relations and systemic forms of violence in our society. Be kind. WEBINAR Considering Stress and Trauma During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Implications for Administrators Teachers Parents and Families by Dr. Alex Pieterse and Dr. Elena Gordis

Community Connections: Practicing Equity in Remote Learning in the Time of COVID-19

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