Category Archives: education reform

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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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends – School Harassment Still Puts GLBT Youth at Risk

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military ended today, a reason for celebration.  Here is the Obama administration video commemorating the end of the policy and featuring the testimony of a number of former servicemen and women. This is another … Continue reading

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Communities in Poverty and Education Reform

The latest census data shows that the number of people living in poverty is the highest in over 50 years, as long as the census has been measuring it.  Urban communities are being ravaged by the loss of job opportunities … Continue reading

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‘American Teacher’ Documentary

We are a proud partner of the new documentary American Teacher by the Teacher Salary Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that grew out of the New York Times bestselling book Teachers Have It Easy by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder … Continue reading

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The “Missing Link in School Reform”

This Stanford Social Innovation Review article may turn out to make a big impact on the education change conversation. It endorses several aspects of the National Equity Project’s general approach, especially our emphasis on developing relationships, trust, and collaboration among … Continue reading

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Humanism in Change Efforts

In the recent Chronicle of Philanthropy article, “Grant Makers Must Lead With Their Hearts as Well as Their Heads,” the topic is philanthropy but the ideas and values apply to any social change effort.  This article takes off from the … Continue reading

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The Need for Embedded Professional Development

A new article in the MDRC newsletter, “Professional Development for Teachers: What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us,” describes studies in which PD on the workshop / follow-up coaching model was found to have very little effect. They conclude that: “New … Continue reading

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The New Humanism

The “new humanism” that David Brooks describes in a July NY Times op-ed piece resonates well with the kind of synthesis between the technical (or “technocratic” in his article) and the relational (social, emotional) that the National Equity Project has been working … Continue reading

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Education Transformation and the Teacher Assessment Debate

Interesting piece by Irving Hamer, Memphis Superintendent, in Ed Week “Collaboration Is Essential in Public Education,” that is part of a larger debate about Joel Klein’s recent Atlantic Monthly article, titled “The Failure of American Schools,” which paints a grim picture of entrenched and … Continue reading

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Collaboration, Vision, and Learning Process

I found a useful powerpoint presentation on school turnaround challenges by a Dave Weaver at a regional SIG conference that focused on cultural and systems blockages to fostering collaboration in schools trying to turn around.  It references a book that clearly … Continue reading

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