Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Resources for Educational Leaders to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Schools

Written by Jack Levinson

If you are interested in making an impact as an educational leader, one of the most important ways you can create positive change is by working to ensure that your school or district has created a learning environment where students of all backgrounds can thrive and where a diverse faculty and staff can excel at their jobs. Indeed, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are paramount considerations of educators in schools all across the country, who are working hard to redress an existing system that has been widely decried as unequal.

Wherever you are working as an educator, it is crucial to understand DEI best practices and overall considerations to ensure that all students and faculty feel safe and supported

Some educational leaders regard the issue of inclusion as the primary focus of their work, and indeed, it is a vast and complex enough subject that it could occupy one’s efforts for a long time to come.

DEI initiatives are not one size fits all. Different populations have different needs, and one’s existing school organization will greatly determine the possibilities for transformation and change. Educational leaders can start by learning about the varied issues facing communities of all types so that they can run schools that foster tolerance and inclusivity.

The following resources can help educational leaders create supportive environments through materials that include historical context, strategy tips, curricula, workshop opportunities, and more.

Inclusive leadership practices can positively impact school culsture and climate.

Students with Physical Disabilities and Learning Exceptions

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund is a civil rights law organization offering resources for educators and parents, with particular attention to special education policy and other forms of legal advocacy for students with disabilities.

The National Center for Accessible Educational Materials

This initiative from CAST works to improve and sustain the availability of accessible materials and technologies for those with disabilities. Their website includes numerous resources including articles, video lectures, and more, with a particular attention to how up-and-coming technologies can support students with disabilities.

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness

The NCDB is part of a nationwide network of organizations working to support young people with deaf-blindness, partly through providing assistance to educational institutions and state initiatives. Their website features numerous resources for educational leaders, including curricula on creating a more accessible learning environment.

The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE)

This organization is devoted to improving the experiences of students with disabilities and their families. Their website features resources including institutional tips, cheatsheets, articles, and more.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities

The NCLD is a research organization working to support students with learning disabilities in schools through advocacy and educational outreach programs. Their website includes resources for educational leaders on topics including reading strategies, assistive technology, and more.


Women are underrepresented in educational leadership roles. In the Unites States, women make up 76% of k-12 teadhers but only 30% of school district superintendents are 24% of college and university presidents


AAUW is a national organization that works to advance gender equity along a range of topics including education. Their resources on girls in school provide research materials and information on the current state of policy to help educational leaders create more supportive spaces for girls.

Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an organization that focuses on girls’ education and empowerment, with information that can help educational leaders create more affirming environments for girls. Their Educator Resources page provides numerous tools to support girls in school, including videos, curricula, interactive web activities, and more.

The National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education

The NCWGE is an organization that creates educational campaigns, research initiatives, and monitoring programs to promote equality and security for women in school. Their website features numerous research reports with an emphasis on public policy.

National Girls Collaborative Project

The NGCP is an organization working to encourage girls in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Their resources include an overview of the current state of STEM.

UNESCO: Gender Equality and Education

This resource from the UN agency UNESCO provides resources to put girls’ education in an international context and provide supportive materials for educators around the world.


Inclusive leadership practices can benefit LGBTQ students and staff. A study by the National Association of Secondary School Principals found that principals who prioritize equity and inclusion are more likely to have LGBTQ- inclusive policies and practices in their schools, such as gender-neutral restrooms and inclusive curriculum.


PFLAG is a national organization that supports LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families through advocacy, educational outreach, and more. Their website features resources to educational leaders to make their schools safer and more inclusive for all.

Queer Kid Stuff

Queer Kid Stuff is an organization that helps parents and educators create environments that celebrate LGBTQIA+ identity. Their resources for educators include queer-affirming media for students as well as support groups and workshops for LGBTQIA+ educational leaders.

The Safe Schools Coalition

The Safe Schools Coalition is a public-private organization that works with schools to create more inclusive programs for students and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Their website features extensive resources on a wide range of educational and LGBTQIA+ topics.

Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)

TSER is a youth-led advocacy organization that supports transgender and gender-nonconforming students by providing materials to help educational leaders create a more affirming learning environment.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation (TYEF)

TYEF is an organization devoted to making schools safer and more inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming students. Their resources for educators include training workshops, articles, printable classroom posters, and more.


Schools with more diverse leadership teams have better outcomes for students of color.

Center for Racial Equality in Education (CREED)

CREED is a nonprofit organization fighting for educational justice for students of color. Their website includes an educator toolkit as well as podcasts and a newsletter.


This organization has created a network for students, educators, and communities of color to make schools more supportive environments for teachers and students alike. Their resources include toolkits for student learning and facilitation guides for intra-faculty discussions.

Harvard Business Publishing: DEI Resources for Educators – Case Studies: POC

Harvard Business Publishing offers extensive DEI resources for educational leaders to help illuminate key issues and provide best practices for creating an inclusive environment. The case studies above are focused on the experiences of BIPOC.

Learning for Justice

This organization, formerly known as Teaching Tolerance, is a branch of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It provides extensive educational resources for educators and educational leaders to understand the experiences and needs of BIPOC students as well as lesson plans and curricula to bring into the classroom.

Teach.com: How to Support Teachers of Color

This article is an excellent resource for educational leaders who are looking to create supportive structures for the faculty at their schools. It includes extensive data-driven information to paint a picture of the needs of BIPOC faculty in schools across the US.


Inclusive leadership practices can benefit all members of a school community.


This website provides statistics-driven research on AAPI experiences that educational leaders can use to inform school policies and agendas. There is an education-focused section of this website as well as sections devoted to the experiences of AAPI women, AAPI individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, and more.

Harvard Business Publishing: DEI Resources for Educators – Case Studies: AAPI

These DEI resources from Harvard Business Publishing are designed to help educational leaders understand the issues facing students from marginalized demographics. The above case studies are focused on AAPI perspectives and causes.

National Head Start Organization: DEI Resources to Support Asian American Communities

Head Start is an organization focused on improving early education for communities in need. This guide provides extensive resources to help educational leaders create supportive institution for children from a young age.

Teaching for Asian American Heritage Month

This guide from Learning for Justice includes materials that celebrate Asian American heritage and culture, as well as speaking to the experiences of LGBT Asian Americans. These include webinars, videos, personal essays, and more.

We Are Teachers: Classroom Resources and Tips to Combat Anti-Asian Discrimination

This guide is focused on educating students about recent incidents of anti-Asian hate to place the AAPI experience in perspective. It is a great guide for educational leaders to bring to their faculties.


A report by the consulting firm McKinsey found that companies with diverse leadership teams are more likely to outperform their less diverse peers in terms of financial performance, innovation, and employee satisfaction.

Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado is an organization that develops resources to help educators support English language learners (ELLs), whose academic needs can differ from their classmates. The materials featured on their websites are included in both English and Spanish.

Edutopia Guide to Supporting English Language Learners

This index of resources designed for teachers and educational leaders to support ELL students, including hands-on classroom activities, strategic tips, firsthand perspectives, and more.

The Latino Family Literacy Project

This program provides literacy-building resources for ELL students and their families which include school programs for parent involvement. They offer supportive services for students at all grade levels, starting from infancy.

The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

NABE is an advocacy organization that promotes the needs of bilingual students, working to ensure that such students receive an exemplary education. Their resource offerings include materials to help educational leaders prepare productive environments for ELL students.

National Latino Education Institute

NLEI offers resources designed for educational leaders seeking to improve outcomes for Latinx students across grade levels. Their website offers workshops for educators as well as information on teaching strategies, family engagement, and community partnerships.


Religious Diversity in the Classroom

This series of webinars by Learning for Justice and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is designed to help educators approach religious diversity to create a safe space and nurture productive conversations between students of a variety of faith-based backgrounds. Each webinar also features a set of lessons and activities that teachers can use in the classroom.

Freedom Forum from the Newseum

This initiative by the Newseum features numerous articles on current issues in religious freedom, with many topics covering school governance and educational models that support religious diversity.

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

The Pluralism Project provides resources specifically designed for educators and educational leaders seeking to promote a culture of religious diversity in their schools. These offerings include case studies, lesson plans and discussion topics, and focus studies on a number of major religions.

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