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Equity Fellows Program: Equipping Principals to Provide Learning Opportunities for All Students

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The lack of equity in education exacerbates societal inequalities. To break the cycle of social inequity, educators must accept their responsibility and ensure equal opportunity to all students. This qualitative study sought to understand how educational leaders in three school districts implemented and embedded equity knowledge to their schools after attending an Equity Fellows Program (EFP) for two years. Findings indicated that school leaders deepened their understanding of implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and data driven decision making. Findings also showed that leaders embedded equity in their schools by systematically scheduling equity related activities at each of their staff meetings. Challenges were related to the lack of time and the mobilization of resistant staff.