Education

Addressing ongoing systemic inequities in the educations system to ensure more equitable outcomes for marginalized students

Education

The Challenges

The education system is responsible for laying the foundation of knowledge and experiences that prepare youth for adulthood, including careers and key life skills. However, many studies show that not all students are experiencing the education system in the same way, and for many, the outcomes are very concerning. Minority students often do not have access to important educational resources and representation in their teaching staff, both important factors in their academic success. On the other hand, they are more likely to be suspended and expelled, less likely to graduate, and often streamed into non-academic programming that limits their future opportunities. Low-income students suffer similarly poor outcomes as they are more likely to attend schools where funding is limited and resources are low-quality.

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Though these issues occur repeatedly all across North America, much of the conversation revolves around why minority and low-income students are failing rather than examining how the education system has impacted their ability to succeed. The dominance of societal issues like Eurocentricity, ableism, heterosexism, and sexism that underpin school policies (like sexist dress codes and Eurocentric curricula) continue to go unnamed, undefined, and unaddressed. As these issues remain unresolved, students from equity-seeking groups will continue to experience disproportionate outcomes that will have long-term effects on their experience in a society that values academia as a determinant of success.

Education

Our Solutions

Kojo Institute works with organizations and institutions within the education sector, including schools, school boards, and teachers associations to identify and address inequities within the system. From workshops and trainings to foster professional development for educators and other key staff to community consultations and data analysis to understand the key issues of inequity, we facilitate necessary processes and practices to begin the work towards more equitable outcomes for both students and staff. We work with organizations to develop and implement equity-based policies that address disparities and disproportionalities in the treatment and results of equity-seeking groups.

As an equity lens is applied to these organizations and institutions’ approach to education, we see more representative hiring of educators and support staff, less disproportionate and unduly harsh punishment of minority students, higher grades and graduation rates for low-income and racialized students, less biased policies that unfairly target or impact students because of their gender, race, or sexuality, and curricula that do not repeat or reinforce oppressive or discriminatory ideas.

8 Levers To Organizational, Institutional and Systems Change

  • Engaging the Board of Directors
  • Impacting Staffing Strategies
  • Examining the Accountability Framework
  • Maximizing the Use of Data
  • Implementing Fresh Training and Learning
  • Amplifying Communications Strategies
  • Widening Community and Stakeholder Relations
  • Revisting Service or Business Models

What We Do Well

  • Equity & Human Rights
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Employment Equity
  • Human Resources Diversity
  • Organizational Culture Change

How We Prepare You

  • Training
  • Executive Coaching
  • Community Consultations
  • Content & Research Development
  • Keynotes & Guest Lectures
  • Conferences
  • Multi-Session Programs

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Kojo Institute works with organizations and institutions within the education sector, including schools, school boards, and teachers associations to identify and address inequities within the system. From workshops and training to foster professional development for educators and other key staff to community consultations and data analysis to understand the key issues of inequity, we facilitate necessary processes and practices to begin the work towards more equitable outcomes for both students and staff. We work with organizations to develop and implement equity-based policies that address disparities and disproportionalities in the treatment and results of equity-seeking groups. .

As an equity lens is applied to these organizations and institutions’ approach to education, we see more representative hiring of educators and support staff, less disproportionate and unduly harsh punishment of minority students, higher grades and graduation rates for low-income and racialized students, less biased policies that unfairly target or impact students because of their gender, race, or sexuality, and curricula that do not repeat or reinforce oppressive or discriminatory ideas. Contact us.

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