Advancing Equity and Social Justice in the CCR Framework

Since its founding as an international non-profit in 2012, CCR has been committed to positively influencing education – from advocating for global curricular reform to developing classroom tips for the local classroom – as a core strategy for tackling the biggest issues facing our modern world. CCR recognizes inequity and social injustice are two of these enormous challenges and recognizes the intersection of each with the challenges of technological advancements (in fields like AI and biotech) and planetary-wide challenges (such as the contexts of global warming and pandemic susceptibility).

CCR leverages its framework of modernized knowledge paired with modern competencies and Cross-Dimensional Drivers to support collaborators from across the education ecosystem in advancing outcomes of equity and social justice.

CCR works to:

  • Provide students with the root capabilities to tackle any equity or social justice issue that emerges. The CCR Framework is designed to be adaptive and flexible, so learners are prepared to interact with a fluid and dynamic world, rather than just the world’s current state.
  • Address both the root causes and symptoms of inequity and social injustice. The CCR Framework is both proactive and reactive, in that it can “staunch the bleeding” of an inequitable world, while also equipping learners to identify the causes and design a more just world.
  • Support learners in all situations, as all people have intersectional identities which place us with varying levels of privilege depending on the context.

For more on tackling issues of equity and social justice through educational improvements, see Curriculum Redesign for Equity and Social Justice.

Equity and social justice are addressed at three levels of the framework:

Embedded in the design flow

Equity and social justice concepts are embedded in the design flow of learning objectives/standards, alongside modernized context, essential content, core concepts, and competencies.

Underpinnings Modernized Context Starting Base Essential Content Equity & Social Justice Core Concepts Learning Progressions Interdisciplinarity Competencies
History: Inertia + Paradigm Shifts
Learning Sciences
Modern Needs (life, work)
Goals & Functions
Macro adjustments for Real World Scenarios Select a best-in class set to start from Remove the easy fat
3 Groupings (Produce, Interpret, Appreciate)
Given | Asked | Can
Sample Topics
Factors: Historical, Cultural, Geographic Discipline-level
Grade Bands
Top 4 | Bottom 4

Embedded in the Interdisciplinary Themes

Interdisciplinary Themes Relevant Concepts
Environmental Literacy Environmental injustice
Global Literacy Cultural competence
Appreciation for diversity
Moving against ethnocentrism
Civic Literacy How laws and policies shape our worlds and assumptions
Information Literacy Big data: sifting through massive amounts of information
Bias: identifying bias in information
Application: using the information effectively and ethically
Digital Literacy Access to technology is an issue of equity
Technology rapidly advances, equitable solutions tend to lag

Embedded in the Competencies themselves

Competency Competency Description Applications for Equity and Social Justice
Creativity The process of producing ideas and artifacts that are both novel to the individual and useful in response to a stimulus
  • the ability to imagine a world that is different than the one you inhabit
  • thinking outside the box to tackle complex issues
Critical Thinking Leveraging information (through organization, analysis, synthesis, etc.) to facilitate processes such as decision-making, interpretation, and reflection
  • identifying and dismantling the “filters” through which you see the world
  • learning how to hear information that contradicts your own beliefs
  • hearing different perspectives and embedding them into your own worldview
  • understanding how the world around us was deliberately built for certain bodies
Communication A bi-directional process wherein all participants are actively listening, asking questions, and using any and all methods of communication available to them in order to effectively communicate their or understand the other’s message
  • active listening is a powerful way to engage with those around us and to begin to unlearn our biases
  • nonverbal or paralingual communication can often communicate our implicit or explicit biases
Collaboration A process of effectively co-laboring working with others to produce something greater than the sum of what any of the individuals could have produced alone
  • making sure everyone’s voice is heard
  • creating an equitable design and creation process
  • empathizing with teammates
Curiosity The drive to seek new experiences or deeper understanding
  • Issues of social justice and equity are complex. Only by seeking to understand deeply can we hope to disentangle overlapping and intertwined systems of oppression
  • Humans — aided and abetted by algorithms — naturally create echo chambers. It is important to burst these bubbles and see the world for how it actually exists.
Courage The strength to realize one’s goals and values while withstanding fear or difficulty
  • standing up for yourself and standing up for others
  • overcoming fear of social repercussions or discomfort in order to enact your values
Resilience The ability to overcome any form of adversity using mental, emotional, and social skills and supports the fight against oppression can be overwhelming and it is rarely gratifying…resilience helps us persevere and keep working
Ethics The ability to identify ethical components of a situation and navigate that situation in a way that reflects one’s values
  • developing a moral compass and a personal value system
  • understanding that other people have different value systems and are coming from different situations and perspectives
Meta-Learning The ability to reflect on one’s own mental processes to choose relevant strategies for accomplishing tasks and solving problems. Monitoring the strategy in real time and adapting them accordingly

The ability to reflect on one’s knowledge and thought processes to plan, execute and monitor the progress of a chosen strategy and then evaluate its effectiveness in accomplishing the task or solving a problem.

  • being aware of your implicit and explicit biases and internal processes
  • changing your mental processes to be more equitable