Equitable and Culturally Responsive Practices

Loudoun County Public Schools is committed to increasing equitable and culturally responsive learning experiences for all students, including applying equitable classroom and discipline practices. Click here to learn more about equity in LCPS.

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?


1. Use engaging instruction to reduce the opportunity (Achievement) gap

2. Implement a behavior framework that is Preventive, Multi-tiered and Culturally Responsive

a) Proactive instructional approach and Teaching/Modeling of behavioral expectations

b) Increase positive student-teacher interactions, build connections

c) Clear guidelines for office referrals and reduce ambiguity in discipline codes (Defiance, Disrespect, Disruption)

3. Collection, use, and reporting of disaggregated student discipline data

a) Referrals, PBIS Data App and Discipline Disproportionality Calculator

4. Develop policies with accountability for disciplinary equity

5. Teach strategies for Neutralizing Implicit Bias in Discipline Decisions

a)Recognize vulnerable decision points, implement Neutralizing Routines

McIntosh, K., Girvan, E. J., Horner, R. H., Smolkowski, K., & Sugai, G. (2018). A 5-point intervention approach for enhancing equity in school discipline. OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Equitable Classroom Practices Observation Tool

An observation tool of research-based equitable classroom practices adapted by Louisiana State Personnel Development Grant from “A Resource for Equitable Classroom Practice” 2010, Montgomery County Public Schools. Research supporting these practices and examples/non-examples may be found here.

Equitable Classroom Practices Observation Checklist.pdf

Continuous Professional Learning

LCPS employees, please search My Learning Plan for upcoming professional development sessions on "Equity in the Center".

A collaborative equity team (Departments of Instruction, Pupil Services, and Human Resources & Talent Development) continues to work on professional learning opportunities and planning for the division-wide equity goals. All school-based administrators and Department of Instruction staff will participate in equity and cultural competence training (Equity in the Center) by August, 2019. Planning and implementing of this training series for ALL teachers is slated to occur during the 2019-2020 school year.

Dr. Charles Barrett, School Psychologist, and Dr. Lisa Fillipovich, PBIS Coordinator, presented on Equitable Practices at the 16th and 17th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support hosted by the Association of Positive Behavior Support (APBS) in February, 2019. Click here to view their presentation.