Category Archives: Policy

There is No Neutral on Racism and Hate: Back to School for White Educators

by Kathleen Osta, Managing Director, Midwest Region, National Equity Project Last year, my colleague LaShawn Routé Chatmon and I wrote this piece in EdWeek — “5 Steps for Liberating Public Education From Its Deep Racial Bias.” We made the case that in order to … 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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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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US has Wealth, Lacks Equity and Unity

In a new paper, Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute argues that as a nation, “we are not broke, nor will we be”: Nevertheless, while these claims have little in the way of truth, politicians and pundits have successfully … Continue reading

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An Integrated Approach to Improving School Systems

In the past year we have been using a tool from the work of Margaret Wheatley called ‘the six circles model’ or as some refer to it, ‘above and below the green line.’ It is a simple visual to use … Continue reading

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Christopher Edley on structural racialism

At the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy yesterday we attended the Race and Policy Symposium put on by the Students of Color in Public Policy. It was a very interesting and well organized event with many good panelists, … Continue reading

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