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About Equity by Design



Equity By Design was founded to develop and share user-centered, agile school designs to ensure that our collective approaches and preparation to education reflect adolescent and family voices, benefit from youth experiences and concerns, and create learning experiences that meet youth needs. Equity By Design applies this approach to a wide range of challenges that are necessary to address in order to ensure school communities are safe, healthy, and thriving.

Our Founding Design Principles ​

Equity by Design was built upon the following design principles:

We must build relationships and communities where students feel recognized and cared for, and where they can broaden their horizons. Relationships must connect students to the school’s academic life and provide relevant learning opportunities. 

The locus of control must shift to allow students to manage their own learning, helping them generate and apply knowledge, research, write, code, produce, remix, and defend their views with evidence. 


We must do rigorous intellectual work. Our design must focus on educating urban students to the highest standards, especially students with special needs and students at risk of academic failure.

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