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Educational Equity

Google for Education is passionate about educational equity, defined as giving each student the resources needed to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. We acknowledge that every student is unique and may require differentiated support to achieve their fullest potential. Our aim is to equip teachers, school and district leaders with information and resources to ensure they can provide the necessary support to achieve positive equity outcomes. Our work is driven by three main objectives…


1. That all students feel included, welcome, and safe in their school environment

2. Access to necessary resources, like technology, is equitable

3. Teacher and staff representation reflects the community in which the district operates


Google as a whole, and the Google for Education team specifically, has invested in moving closer to achieving these outcomes for our own organization. From first acknowledging our work towards a more representative workforce in our Annual Google Diversity Report, to ensuring more robust accessibility features in our products, we’re making efforts to move us closer to our goals. We recognize in many respects that our progress is incremental, but we are committed to doing what we can to get there. We hope that your school and/or district will join us on this journey.


Embedding Equity in School Transformation

We developed the Transformation Center to provide resources to school and district leaders around the key elements needed to achieve transformational success. The seven pillars of transformation (vision, learning, culture, professional development, technology, funding and sustainability, and community engagement) are great building blocks for any strategy you want to employ, and equity should be interwoven no matter what shape your transformation efforts take.

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Vision

When developing a school or district vision, it is important to consider everyone’s wants and needs in order to ensure that the vision is inclusive of everyone. It is important to recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion and integrate it in your vision, mission, and core values.

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Learning

Students learn in different ways and may lead very different lives outside of the classroom, each with their own unique challenges. Yet everyone deserves a quality education, and therefore learning support and tools need to be differentiated to support all students’ psychosocial, emotional, and learning needs.

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Culture

The school environment should be one where all students feel welcome, safe, and included. Data should be collected to understand if there are disparities between certain groups of students and/or teachers, and action should be taken to combat these disparities if needed.

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Professional Development

Providing educators with opportunities to learn about how to ensure equity in their classroom is essential. Making equity part of the school or district's vision is the first step, but supporting teachers to actually implement the vision of equity is key to success. To access resources for teachers, see our inclusive classrooms section of the Google for Education Teacher Center.

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Funding & Sustainability

To ensure equity is a priority, funding is essential. To successfully implement any strategy, it is crucial to have the proper resources to see it through. Be sure to think of equity with a long-term lens and be creative with finding funding sources to ensure its success.

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Technology

Access to technology can be a great equalizer, but that lack of access - whether it be not having access to the internet and/or devices at home - contributes to the digital divide. Evaluate your school and community for technology access gaps, such as internet connectivity. Structure a plan to fill these gaps, such as providing mobile hotspots for those who live in low connectivity areas.

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Community Engagement

Communicating with the broader school community is very important. Ensuring that communications are distributed in a manner that can be consumed by all is key. This may mean important notices or messages are distributed in multiple ways across multiple platforms. It may also mean ensuring that those same communications are transcribed in multiple languages. Additionally, you may want to be deliberate about inviting community members to join PTA’s and/or other organizations where certain community members may be underrepresented.

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Find a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist

Are you looking to infuse more equity and/or inclusion in your school or district? Need assistance from a DEI specialist to guide and support you in this work? Catalyst:Ed's DEI Expert Hub can help you explore your options, identify a path forward, and get connected with a DEI consultant or coach who can support you as you build your organization's DEI capacity.

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