• Teachers work together to be practitioners of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Critical Race Theory as a pedagogical framework for teaching. Teachers apply the methodologies of Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond.
  • Teachers engage critically in their own work and seek guidance from Onward: Daily Activities to Cultivate your Emotional Resilience and Thrive by Elena Aguilar
  • Courses that challenge the canon and center the narrative of BIPOC are at the heart of the English and History curriculums.
  • Habits of Mind—Imagine, Inquire, Collaborate, Persist and Reflect—which are overarching skills to help students navigate the challenges of the 21st Century.


  • Goals apply to all students, high expectations for all.
  • Less is more, depth over coverage.
  • Understanding that we each teach through our own particular view of the world, from a perspective we continually try to broaden.
  • Bringing transparency to expectations and communication.
  • Personalizing—honoring multiple intelligences, using culturally responsive pedagogy, and utilizing learning-style informed teaching practices.
  • Designing—differentiating instruction, cooperative learning, real world relevance, seeing strength in making connections between disciplines.
  • Assessing—valuing what is taught in the classroom, not privileging the advantages students bring, utilizing demonstrations of learning, performance based assessment, and continuous and varied methods of assessment.
  • Teaching toward self-directed learning with student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach.
  • Valuing non-discriminatory, inclusive teaching practices, challenging inequities within the class, within the school, within the world.
* Adapted from: The Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles; Equity Pedagogy from the Lincoln School District, WV; and internal work at LWHS related to mission, measures of the mission, and faculty equity pedagogy meetings, 2009–2010

Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.