Category Archives: education reform

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 School Turnaround in one Democratic Convention Speech

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts spoke at the Democratic National Convention on the first night and referenced a school in Boston that has turned around.  We were encouraged especially by the support services that help students deal with the effects … Continue reading

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Early Learning and Development Guidelines Published

The National Equity Project supported the Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Thrive by Five Washington in a recent revision of the Early Learning and Development Guidelines for children from birth … Continue reading

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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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