For-profit

EDEquity Inc

Location:

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Website:

http://edequity.com/ (Now offline)

Status:

For-Profit

Formation:

2003 (Defunct 2021)

Type:

Education Activist Organization

Executive Director:

Edwin Javius

EDEquity Inc., was a critical race theory-influenced education consulting firm based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. [1] Its registration was suspended in August 2021 [2] following the death of its founder and CEO Edwin Javius. [3]

EDEquity conducted critical race theory-inspired workshops on leadership and classroom instructional support, equity in Common Core Education, a so-called equity walk, [4] and state equity certification training. [5] Its white paper on educational equity claims that the structure of American schools was designed to “accelerate those students and families who are able to confirm and validate a middle-class and Euro-centric construct” [6] and says “privileged middle-class white parents” believe in transformation for others but not their children. [7]

EDEquity leadership also said California students weren’t learning because black and Hispanic students were being forced to conform to teaching strategies for white and Asian students [8] and compared school culture to “fresh water” and black culture to “saltwater.” [9]

History and Leadership

EDEquity was founded as Scholastic Unlimited Inc. in 2003. In 2004 that became EDEquity, Inc. [10] EDEquity’s registration was suspended in August 2021 [11] following the death of its founder and CEO Edwin Javius. [12]

Edwin Javius was the founder and CEO of EDEquity [13] until his death in March 2020. [14] Javius believed the critical race theory-inspired concept of equity was “the most important issue facing 21st century schools” [15] and the structure of American schools was “designed to accelerate those students and families who are able to confirm and validate a middle-class and Euro-centric construct.” [16]

Javius won California’s 2001 School Administrator Valuing Diversity Award and the 2010 NAACP Silicon Valley Educator of the Year Award. [17] He held a M.A. in urban leadership from Fresno Pacific University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, where he played basketball. [18]

Activities and Funding

EDEquity Inc., was a California-based critical race theory-inspired education activist organization that aimed to help teachers “teach better” [19] and identify and eradicate institutional and instructional barriers within the system that “prohibit excellence in adult and student outcomes. [20] EDEquity’s teacher programming was based on the organization’s principles of equity: awareness, attitude, analysis, action, and accountability. [21]

This programming included critical race theory-inspired workshops on leadership and classroom instructional support, equity in Common Core Education, a so-called “equity walk,” [22] and state-level equity certification training. [23]

EDEquity’s white paper on educational equity says the structure of American schools was designed to “accelerate those students and families who are able to confirm and validate a middle-class and Euro-centric construct” [24] and says “privileged middle-class white parents” believe in transformation for others, but not their own children. [25]

In lectures in his role as EDEquity CEO, Edwin Javius said white educators will lose their “teacher privilege card” first, [26] said students in California weren’t learning because black and Hispanic students were being forced to conform to teaching strategies for white and Asian students, [27] and called school culture “fresh water” and black culture “salt water” while lamenting that culture, race, and socioeconomic topics have been taboo in schools. [28] “Making Cultural Connections in Lessons.” YouTube. Uploaded July 3, 2009. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W36g11iueIg.[/note]

EDEquity, Inc.’s partners included the New Teacher Center, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), California Alliance of African American Educators, the NAACP, School Improvement Network, and Educational Empowerment. [29]

Funding and Controversy

EDEquity received its funding from program and service fees, including $342,000 of contracts from the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District from 2018 to 2020 [30] and a $30,000 contract from Cedar Rapid Community School District. [31]

In 2016, the Iowa City Community School District in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, terminated its contract with EDEquity due to Javius allegedly misrepresenting his educational background and his alleged involvement in a pending plagiarism lawsuit. [32] [33]

EDEquity’s other contracts included schools in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Pomona, California; San Jose, California; and Nova Scotia, Canada. [34] [35]

References

  1. “EDEquity Promotional.” YouTube. Uploaded November 30, 2008. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNKmL64LBIw ^
  2. “EDEquity, Inc.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/edequity-inc/. ^
  3.  “EDEquity, Inc.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/edequity-inc/. ^
  4. “Equity Walks.” EDEquity. August 9, 2018. Accessed via Web Archive. November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20180809003346/http://edequity.com/equity-walks.php ^
  5. “State Certification Courageous Equity Leadership.” EDEquity. August 3, 2018. Accessed via Web Archive November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20180803090219/http://edequity.com/state-equity-certification-training.php. ^
  6. Javius, Edwin Lou. “White Paper. What is Really Educational Equity?” EDEquity. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://resources.aasa.org/nce/2017/handouts/Javius-WhitePaper.pdf. ^
  7. Javius, Edwin Lou. “White Paper. What is Really Educational Equity?” EDEquity. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://resources.aasa.org/nce/2017/handouts/Javius-WhitePaper.pdf. ^
  8. “Cultural Responsive Teacher.” YouTube. Uploaded July 3, 2009. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JX7Rcmq9FE. ^
  9. “Making Cultural Connections in Lessons.” YouTube. Uploaded July 3, 2009. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W36g11iueIg. ^
  10. “EDEquity, Inc.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/edequity-inc/. ^
  11. “EDEquity, Inc.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/edequity-inc/. ^
  12. [1] “EDEquity, Inc.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://defendinged.org/report/edequity-inc/. ^
  13. “Edwin Javius Bio.” Premiere Speakers Bureau. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://premierespeakers.com/edwin-javius/bio. ^
  14. “The Educational Diapsora Mourns the Passing of Dr. Edwin Javius, Founder, EDEquity, Inc.” Inland Valley News. March 12, 2020. Accessed November 13, 2021. http://inlandvalleynews.com/the-educational-diaspora-mourns-the-passing-of-dr-edwin-javius-founder-edequity-inc/. ^
  15. “EDQuity Board Presentation Highlights.” YouTube. Uploaded January 21, 2016. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttMZ6TngLEI. ^
  16. Javius, Edwin Lou. “White Paper. What is Really Educational Equity?” EDEquity. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://resources.aasa.org/nce/2017/handouts/Javius-WhitePaper.pdf. ^
  17. “Edwin Javius Bio.” Premiere Speakers Bureau. Accessed November 13, 2021. https://premierespeakers.com/edwin-javius/bio. ^
  18. Faraudo, Jeff. “Cal Basketball: Former Player Eddie Javius Dies After Brief Battle with Cancer.” Sports Illustrated. March 2020. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.si.com/college/cal/basketball/former-cal-basketball-player-eddie-javius-dies-at-age-54. ^
  19. “EDEquity Promotional video.VOB.” YouTube. Uploaded November 30, 2008. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvBpuv1Cel0. ^
  20. Tweet. Twitter. Posted August 11, 2019. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://twitter.com/edequity/status/1160632923415912448. ^
  21. “EDEquity Promotional.” YouTube. Uploaded November 30, 2008. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNKmL64LBIw ^
  22. [1] “Equity Walks.” EDEquity. August 9, 2018. Accessed via Web Archive. November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20180809003346/http://edequity.com/equity-walks.php ^
  23. “State Certification Courageous Equity Leadership.” EDEquity. August 3, 2018. Accessed via Web Archive November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20180803090219/http://edequity.com/state-equity-certification-training.php. ^
  24. Javius, Edwin Lou. “White Paper. What is Really Educational Equity?” EDEquity. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://resources.aasa.org/nce/2017/handouts/Javius-WhitePaper.pdf. ^
  25. Javius, Edwin Lou. “White Paper. What is Really Educational Equity?” EDEquity. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://resources.aasa.org/nce/2017/handouts/Javius-WhitePaper.pdf. ^
  26. “Race and Student Achievement.” YouTube. Uploaded July 2, 2009. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyWpDIcXNE0. ^
  27. “Cultural Responsive Teacher.” YouTube. Uploaded July 3, 2009. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JX7Rcmq9FE. ^
  28. “Making Cultural Connections in Lessons.” YouTube. Uploaded July 3, 2009. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W36g11iueIg. ^
  29.  “About.” EDEquity Inc. August 31, 2018. Accessed via Web Archive November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20180831183014/http://www.edequity.com/index.php. ^
  30. “EDEquity Inc.” Parents Defending Education. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Iowa-City-Schools-Let-Go-Equity-Consultant-368702001.html. ^
  31. “EDEquity, Inc. Consultant Service Agreement. Cedar Rapid Community School District.” Contract 2014-006 Year 1.” EDEquity. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1700156-edequity-contract.html. ^
  32. Hines, Holly. “Consultant’s firing might delay equity work.” Iowa City Press-Citizen. February 15, 2016. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2016/02/15/consultants-firing-might-delay-equity-work/80399244/. ^
  33. KCRG Staff. “Iowa City Schools Let Go Equity Consultant.” KCRG News. February 12, 2016. Accessed November 11, 2021. https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Iowa-City-Schools-Let-Go-Equity-Consultant-368702001.html. ^
  34.  “About.” EDEquity Inc. August 31, 2018. Accessed via Web Archive. November 11, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20180831183014/http://www.edequity.com/index.php. ^
  35. “The Educational Diaspora Mourns the Passing of Dr. Edwin Javius, Founder, EDEquity, Inc.” Inland Valley News. March 12, 2020. Accessed November 11, 2021. http://inlandvalleynews.com/the-educational-diaspora-mourns-the-passing-of-dr-edwin-javius-founder-edequity-inc/. ^
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