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Using Measurement and Evidence to Promote Racial Equity in the School District of Philadelphia (Inactive)

Acknowledging persistent disparities in student outcomes and a history of structural racism in the district, in 2021 the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) announced its goal to become a more equitable school district by examining and disrupting inequitable processes and practices.

Through the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), SDP seeks to address institutional practices, policies, and procedures that contribute to disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes and make progress toward its goal of improving equitable opportunities and outcomes for students. REL Mid-Atlantic partnered with SDP to assist its efforts to use evidence to inform, monitor, and refine its equity initiatives to enable more equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students.

Partner organization: The School District of Philadelphia

Completed Projects

This 2022 TCTS project helped build the capacity of SDP’s Offices of DEI, Research and Evaluation, and Academic Support to monitor the progress of the CLIF initiative as well as improve its design and implementation. The REL’s support included identifying tools that SDP could adopt or adapt to monitor CLIF implementation by: 1) conducting a literature scan of psychometrically valid and reliable measures of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and practices in education; 2) conducting a landscape analysis of DEI programs, policies, practices, and initiatives in place in 26 different school districts that are demographically similar to SDP; and 3) facilitating two technical support sessions to share discuss our findings. We also conducted an Ask-a-REL to review and provide written and verbal feedback on the district’s instructional materials selection rubric. This feedback primarily suggested ways in which SDP could consolidate redundant scoring attributes and expand existing scoring criteria to better align with promising and evidence-based research on culturally and linguistically responsive instructional practice.

This TCTS project included coaching for central office staff involved in leading and supporting the Equity Partners Fellowship. Coaching began in August 2022 and continued throughout the 2022/23 school year to help SDP leaders in the DEI office refine the program and strengthen the supports it offers to future Equity Fellows, particularly around their action research projects. Coaching also included modeling the data collection process to support ongoing data informed continuous improvement of the program.

Video: Building Data Capacity

Partnership | Approved Date: May 14, 2024
Acknowledging persistent disparities in student outcomes and a history of structural racism in the district, in 2021 the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) announced its goal to become a more equitable school district by examining and disrupting inequitable processes and practices.
Partnership | Approved Date: May 14, 2024
This partnership worked closely with Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to create sustained, systematic organizational change by helping DDOE implement a revised teacher evaluation system statewide that effectively helps teachers improve their instructional practice.
Product Type: Video | Publication Date: April 2024
Learn about how REL Mid-Atlantic partnered with the School District of Philadelphia on a coaching project to help their education leaders use data to inform, monitor, and refine one of their equity initiatives. Speakers: Jasmine Forde, Deputy Partnership...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 27, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EDT Description: Building off the insights of coaching session 6, the REL team will work with School District of Philadelphia staff to further develop the process and design of the research action projects that Equity Fellows undertake...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: March 22, 2023
TIme: 10:30 am-12:00 pm EDT Description: Building off the insights of coaching session 5, the REL team will work with School District of Philadelphia (SDP) staff to further develop the process and design of the research action projects that Equity Fellows...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 27, 2023
Time: 11:00-11:30 am EST Description: The REL will provide feedback and guidance to the School District of Philadelphia about the development of their curriculum selection rubric to ensure that the rubric accurately accomplishes its stated goal of ensuring...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 09, 2023
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm EST Description: Building off the insights of coaching session 4, the REL team will work with School District of Philadelphia (SDP) staff to further develop the Equity Fellows recruiting process and the application that prospective...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: January 10, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EST Description: Building off the insights of coaching session 3, the REL team will work with School District of Philadelphia (SDP) staff to further develop the Equity Fellows program goals and objectives. The goal of the meeting is...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: November 28, 2022
The team will facilitate a two-part technical support session to brief SDP on the results of our analysis of the DEI measures landscape. During Session 1b, we will collaboratively determine the number, format (such as annual districtwide survey items...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: November 16, 2022
The team will facilitate a two-part technical support session to brief SDP on the results of our analysis of the DEI measures landscape. During Session 1a, we will collaboratively select items from existing measures that SDP could adopt or adapt to monitor...
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This partnership will work with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to support and improve the coordination and tracking of services for students with disabilities, to increase connection to career readiness and post-school career services and to post-secondary education opportunities. This partnership will also collaborate with the Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Rehabilitation Services, and Charles County Public Schools.

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COVID both exacerbated pre-existing inequities in student performance and social-emotion well-being as well as brought COVID emergency relief funding. DCPS is leveraging these funds to improve the aforementioned inequities in part through its Multi-Tiered System of Supports, MTSS@DCPS. The REL is conducting both applied research and technical support projects to partner with DCPS in leveraging evidence-based approaches as it embeds MTSS district-wide.
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The REL will develop and test a writing toolkit in partnership with teachers, school leaders, and professional development coaches from four charter schools in Washington, DC, to address the need for improved literacy and writing instructions across DC.
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REL-Mid Atlantic is hosting a community of practice for state education agencies that are seeking to refine and improve school accountability measures in 2022 and beyond.
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This partnership will work with NJDOE, building on prior REL work, to use research and data to increase the number of teachers of color hired in the state and eventually improve student outcomes.
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This partnership will strengthen supportive learning environments and the social-emotional wellness of students and staff by building capacity in education agencies to use data and evidence to assess needs and to identify and implement promising strategies and programs.