Report on Equity and Education Practices in PA Schools
Posted by Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee on June 8, 2021
Over the past four years, members of the Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee (PTAC) have elevated the concern about inequities in the Commonwealth’s education system and expressed the determination to lend their narratives and expertise to alleviating these gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic and other events in the past year have further exposed and amplified these inequities. When education in Pennsylvania moved to virtual environments in March 2020, PTAC began hosting Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) designed to support teachers and provide opportunity for collaboration on pressing issues. Inequities within our education system became a recurring theme within these PLCs and led to members creating Recommendations for Teaching and Learning in the 2020-2021 School year (Appendix A). Issues of equity were embedded in every recommendation.
This report is a continuation and expansion of PTAC’s work since the beginning of the pandemic. PTAC continues to forge and seek partnerships with other stakeholders who are committed to developing an education system that provides opportunity and quality education to all children in the State. This work includes connecting the expertise and narrative of our highly recognized teachers with those who can use that information to create better education policies for our students.
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