Category Archives: Changing the Discourse

My Brother’s Keeper: Do we have the will to make a way?

I was honored to provide a guest post on the Huffington Post blog of Eric Cooper, Founder, President of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, in response to President Obama’s recent My Brother’s Keeper initiative. You can read an … Continue reading

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Three Keys to Effective and Equitable Meetings

1.) Effective meetings emphasize purpose and identity. The purpose of any meeting should be more than getting through a list of items together.  If it were that simple, an email could probably do the trick. (If you’re calling a meeting … Continue reading

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A Welcome New Education Declaration

The National Equity Project joins the thousands of educators and other Americans who have applauded the new “Education Declaration to Rebuild America.” We join our advisory board member Linda Darling-Hammond and our colleagues from the Coalition for Community Schools, the … Continue reading

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Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

This month National Equity Project board member Gregory Hodge will participate on a panel at the Foundation Center in San Francisco on “Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys: Where Do We Go From Here?”  Other panelists represent organizations including … Continue reading

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The Federal Equity and Excellence Commission Report

Last week the federal report on equity in education was released by the congressionally mandated Equity and Excellence Commission. Entitled “For Each And Every Child,” it focuses more explicitly on educational opportunity and the role of poverty in student achievement than … Continue reading

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A Widely Misunderstood Aspect of Leadership

Leadership is not about control, argues Mike Myatt in Forbes recently. It is about surrender. A leader simply operates at their best when they understand their ability to influence is much more fruitful than their ability to control. Here’s the … Continue reading

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The Common Core, Pre-Reading, and Equity

Our Curriculum Developer Zaretta Hammond co-authored an article for the new issue of Phi Delta Kappan titled “Text and Truth: Reading, student experience, and the Common Core” (requires subscription). Zaretta and her co-author Susan Sandler write that the Common Core … Continue reading

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A Few Ways to Build Student-Teacher Rapport

 “Trust between teachers and students is the affective glue that binds educational relationships together.  Not trusting teachers has several consequences for students. They are unwilling to submit themselves to the perilous uncertainties of new learning. They avoid risk. They keep … Continue reading

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Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education

That’s the title of a report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). It’s written for foundations but has insights and data that are useful for other equity workers.  (The PDF is free, the fee is for the printed report.)  The … Continue reading

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Thank a Teacher

Teachers have been packing up classrooms and wrapping up the year to start their summer break, although many of them will work for extra money, many will take courses and workshops, read and do self-study, and de-stress and finally get some sleep.  … Continue reading

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