Aubree Evans
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Community College / Lower Division, Graduate / Professional, Career / Technical
  • Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity
  • BranchED
  • Diversity
  • Educator Preparation
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Resource Evaluation
  • Rubric
  • Teacher Educator
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    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
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    Equity-Oriented Resource Criteria

    Equity-Oriented Resource Criteria


    The following set of criteria was developed by Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) to evaluate Open Educational Resources (OER) objects through an equity lens. These criteria were adapted from the Inclusive Instruction and Intersectional Content principles from the BranchED Quality Framework.

    How to use this resource

    An object can refer to a stand-alone item such as a full course, lesson, image, assignment and more. In general, the criteria should be applied to the smallest meaningful unit. If multiple units are included in an OER, the reviewer should determine if all units will be examined, if only those that deal with essential aspects of the curriculum are to be considered, or if it would be best to evaluate random units, such as every third or fifth unit. 

    The following criteria are given to help users determine the equity-oriented nature of a resource.

    Examples are given to support better use of these criteria and are not intended to include all possible applications or instances of the criteria. 

    Adapted from BranchED's Quality Framework for Teacher Preparation.

    CC BY-NC-SA 

    Criteria and examples

    Equity-Oriented Resource Criteria


    The content from the above infographic is depicted in a table below to offer more than one way to access this resource:

    Criteria DescriptionExamples 

    The content, activities, and assessments center learners by:

    • providing more than one way to access the resource.
    • making connections to learners' intersectional identities and lived experiences.
    • building upon learners' funds of knowledge and assets.
    Authentic assessment, project-based learning, intentional opportunities for collaboration, utilizing learners’ experience as content, materials that can be saved or printed and used as well as used in digital formats. Materials that can be accessed on multiple devices.

    The resource helps learners:

    • challenge perspectives within instructional materials.
    • address equity and inclusion as well as barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • utilize assets-based narratives.
    Identifying an assets-based versus deficit narrative in a textbook passage, explicit statements about equity or inclusion or threats to such.


    The resource content:

    • draws from a variety of cultures, contexts, and groups.
    • is inclusive of race, ethnicity, language, gender, age, ability, socioeconomic status, etc.
    • is free of or openly acknowledges bias.
     Content from a scholar of color; content representing the plurality of thought on contemporary educational pedagogy and practice; or content combining knowledge about learning, learners, families and communities with the ability to see information, ideas and details from the perspectives of others.