Coaching for Equity 101

Sharpen your ability to see and hear educational inequities and learn how to take effective action


You want your school or organization to be an equitable place of learning. A place where every person gets what they need every day.

And yet…

  • you’re worried that isn’t currently the case. There are disparities in outcomes, but what those are, and what is driving them isn’t quite clear to you.
  • you feel called to take a stand in the face of injustice but unsure of what exactly to do.
  • your mind is spinning with terms and acronyms and confusion about what’s the “right” thing to say, and what you “shouldn’t” say.

If you are in the early stages of understanding educational inequities and are eager to learn, this course is for you.

When we begin to see inequities in schools and organizations, we can feel overwhelmed by their magnitude, especially if we’re at the beginning stages of our learning journey. This can make us feel like we don’t know where to start, or how to start, with addressing issues of equity. Or perhaps we have done some own work related to equity, but either don’t feel confident with how to raise these issues or we don’t have the tools for conversations that transform individuals, organizations, and systems. The journey of dismantling inequities is an emotional one; we may feel a surge of anger, sadness, guilt, responsibility, and anxiety, and these emotions can also be paralyzing. In this course, you’ll build foundational knowledge about identity, power, privilege, and systems of oppression. You also will learn about common indicators of inequities in schools and organizations, and you’ll learn to spot these indicators at your sites. You’ll receive a range of tools to work with your emotions, guide your reflections, develop action steps, and have transformational conversations using the principles of Transformational Coaching. Through reflection, conversation, action planning, and practice, you will leave this workshop with strategies that will increase your confidence to interrupt inequities within yourselves and your organizations.

Participants will be invited to opt into racial affinity groups during breakout discussions and practice.

We have all been beginners. Beginners need and deserve a space to be together and learn.

This is an ideal course for anyone new to coaching or holding an equity lens. We know you want to take action and create organizations where everyone thrives, and we want to set you on the path to doing so.


Participants will:

  • Build foundational equity literacy to increase our learning, reinforce what we know, and consider for our organizations
  • Identify and generate actions related to common inequities in organizations
  • Learn and practice conversations centered on equity using the tools and practices of Transformational Coaching
  • Boost our courage for working with triggers and having conversations centered on equity

Activities include

  • Small group discussions
  • Mini-practice experiences
  • Direct instruction
  • Demonstrations

Who should attend

Teachers, coaches, and school leaders; folks who are newer to coaching; who are at earlier stages of their learning about inequity, racism. This workshop is appropriate for those who have not read The Art of Coaching or Coaching for Equity.

This course is for you if:

  • You know that schools and organizations are inequitable places, but you can’t precisely put your finger on why. You want to learn exactly what goes on that’s inequitable and you want clear language to talk about what you see.
  • You crave a non-judgmental learning space to acquire a foundational understanding of racism, white supremacy, and educational equity. You want to have conversations with others where you can ask all the questions that you are embarrassed to ask.
  • You have started seeing educational equities but are not sure where to begin to interrupt them. You want to learn a few things you can say when you hear someone saying something problematic, things that will help that person reflect on what they are saying.
  • You want a space to clarify your thoughts and feelings about equity, to anchor in your purpose and vision for yourself as an educator and human being, and to boost your courage.


No prior formal learning experiences are required but you will need to read the Introduction and chapters 1-4 in Coaching for Equity.


Two days
4 hours each day facilitated in 2-hour learning blocks


Participants will need to have a copy of Coaching for Equity. This book is not included in the registration fee and participants will need to purchase a copy prior to the course start. We also strongly recommend that participants have a copy of The Art of Coaching Workbook to supplement their learning.

What people say

As always, an insanely thoughtful, intentional, and purpose-driven workshop from the Bright Morning crew. Attend if you want to feel unsettled and engage in critical work and thinking around race and privilege in education and all institutions in the U.S.

Larissa W.

As someone who supervises coaches, this workshop gave me the tools to support coaches in having transformational conversations. Anyone who has a coaching program in their district needs to equip their coaches with these critically important skills. The facilitators do a brilliant job of making complex learning meaningful and accessible.

Laura S.

This was a wonderful workshop. I really appreciated the ability to talk to a variety of colleagues through both planning how to start having different difficult conversation types around equity as well as then roleplaying those conversation types. This took the class from talking about equity to taking action. There was a very healthy focus on what actions we are taking currently and what actions we can take in the future. The facilitators, Nick and Lori, were also very mindful of having affinity spaces for participants to work through these tough conversations that did not force BIPOC participants to hold white feelings. I felt energized and empowered and was very glad to have time to practice IN the workshop. I will keep the phrase “role play to prepare for real play.”

Laura L.