About the BELE Network

The Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network is a diverse group of nonprofit organizations working to advance equity in education by creating equitable learning environments.

To see where we work, visit our Network map.

 

Mission

In the United States, our educational systems were designed to ensure access for some and deny access for others. As a result, race and class remain the most reliable predictors of students’ academic achievement. The BELE Network is working to dismantle structural inequality in schools and create equitable learning environments where all students – regardless of race or class – have the agency, opportunities and tools they need to thrive.

The BELE Network is working to expand high-quality learning opportunities for students who have been historically underserved. Recognizing the complexity of creating learning practices that are responsive to all cultures, our diverse members are taking a range of approaches to create learning environments that meet all students’ needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is equitable learning?
    • Equitable learning is when each student’s unique needs and circumstances are met and they are challenged academically and intellectually within a supportive environment. The BELE Network is rethinking everything from curriculum, how teachers give feedback, and what disciplinary methods are used, to create learning communities that can help students, especially those of color, grow intellectually, emotionally, and culturally. For more information on how to create a more equitable learning environment, visit equitablelearning.org.
  • Why is this so important?
    • Knowledge is power, and the bedrock of every democracy is well-educated and empowered young people. However, our outdated school system was never designed to equip students of color with what they need to succeed or help educators break the cycle of institutional racism. We need to redesign our schools for the 21st century, so that they work for all students, not just a few.
  • How are you going to do it?
    • The BELE Network is working with educators, policymakers, grantmakers, schools and school support organizations to innovate and implement equitable learning environments. We’re also growing a movement of educators and leaders who are passionate about educational equity and ready to demand a wholesale transformation of our schools. We believe that we can change the country and the entire education system.
  • How can I learn more?
    • To learn more about the BELE Network, visit our resources page or catch up on the latest news from the network. For more information on how to create a more equitable learning environment, visit equitablelearning.org. If you have questions, email us at info@belenetwork.org.
  • How can I join?
    • Collectively we have the power to transform the American education system so that it works for every student. Regardless of your role, we are working together to implement policies and practices we have developed to create long-lasting change to benefit all students because we all believe in the collective outcome of putting students first.       
      • If you’re an educator, administrator, policymaker, or in another role looking to transform our education system for the benefit of all students, visit our member portal to register.
      • If you’re a funder looking for ways to support the BELE Network, contact us at info@belenetwork.org.