As leaders, we need to acknowledge that education is a human-centered enterprise. Improving education, particularly for students who historically have been most marginalized, begins by applying liberatory design mindsets — processes and habits for approaching equity challenges and change efforts in complex systems. Instigating, shifting, and sustaining equity-based human behavior involves acts of being, learning and doing, all of which are not only intellectual, but also social and emotional.
Organizations eager to make systemic and sustainable progress must attend not only to the vision and actions, but also must put in place the conditions that enable change. Conditions may include cultural aspects of the organization, capable leadership, trusting relationships, work environments, financial resources, policy alignment, and more. We’ll address many of these aspects in this high level guide.