Author Archives: Chris Perrius

A policy in need of turnaround

This is a share from the Public Education Network weekly news blast: In a commentary in Education Week, [National Equity Project Advisory Board member] Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein lament the approach to school turnarounds prescribed by the DOE, which they … Continue reading

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Working with Parents to Evaluate Schools

A team from the National Equity Project is working with Excellent Schools Detroit this week to train and support parents and community organizations to conduct formal site visits of their schools and evaluate school quality.  This initiative is part of … Continue reading

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LaShawn Routé Chatmon interviewed in America’s Wire

Our executive Director LaShawn Routé Chatmon was interviewed for a national news story, “Educators Alarmed: Minority Teenagers Performing At Academic Levels of 30 Years Ago,” by Teresa Wiltz for America’s Wire.  The article explores the fact that “while achievement levels … Continue reading

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Mass Incarceration and the school to prison pipeline

We are disturbed and inspired to action by Michelle Alexander’s research and analysis, summed up in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The information below does not directly touch on education, but it speaks deeply to … Continue reading

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Right and Wrong Drivers for Systems Reform

We are reading and thinking about this excellent recent paper by Michael Fullan, “Choosing the wrong drivers for whole system reform,” which reinforces our approaches and helps us expand upon them.  Fullan identifies four “wrong” drivers for systems reform in education, … Continue reading

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Growing Roses in Concrete

Professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade has been giving a very powerful talk in a few venues around the Bay Area on his work with and research on students in the most impoverished neighborhoods in Oakland. He offers the alarming statistic that one … Continue reading

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Too Important to Fail: The Dropout Crisis of African American Males

Tavis Smiley is a busy man. Besides a “poverty tour” with Dr. Cornel West, he is producing video episodes for his PBS show, including this recent one on the challenges of the high school drop out crisis among African American males, … Continue reading

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The Growth of Coaching

Great overview at the Ed Week Teaching Now blog on the new piece by Atul Gawande in the New Yorker about coaching. After looking at sports and performing arts, Gawande examines teacher-coaching programs to see how “regular professionals” can use … Continue reading

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American Teacher documentary

The National Equity Project is a proud partner of the new documentary, American Teacher, produced by our friends at the Teacher Salary Project and screening initially in the Bay Area in early October. To purchase tickets for the San Francisco … Continue reading

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Listening as a Principle for Authentic Community Engagement

Lead with Listening Listening is a neglected skill, especially in change efforts.  Often the leaders’ emphasis is on communicating a decision to stakeholders. When listening campaigns are conducted, they often appear to be just for show – the decision (say, to close a … Continue reading

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