Culturally Responsive Teaching

Equity Minded Thinking

Equity-Minded Thinking Is a schema that provides an alternative framework for understanding the causes of equity gaps in outcomes and the action needed to close them. Rather than attribute inequities in outcomes to student deficits, being equity-minded involves interpreting inequitable outcomes as a signal that practices are not working as intended. Inequities are eliminated through changes in institutional practices, policies, culture, and  routines. Equity-mindedness encompasses being (l) race conscious, (2) institutionally focused, (3) evidence based, (4) systemically aware, and (5) action oriented

Deficit Minded Thinking

[Deficit Minded Thinking...] blames students for their inequitable outcomes instead of examining the systemic factors that contribute to their challenges. It labels students as inadequate by focusing on qualities or knowledge they lack, such as the cognitive abilities and motivation needed to succeed in college, or shortcomings socially linked to the student, such as cultural deprivation, inadequate socialization, or family deficits or dysfunctions.

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