Category Archives: racial equity

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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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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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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Equity Conversations among Mentors and New Teachers: Partner Profile

Last year we engaged in a yearlong partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.  This new video provides an overview of that partnership and how new teacher mentors (“support providers”) … Continue reading

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Targeted Universalism

As described in the last post, Professor john powell gave a webinar recently through our colleagues at the Leadership Learning Community.  In the webinar, a recording of which is available on line, powell talked about how systems thinking and a … Continue reading

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systems thinking and racial equity

Professor john powell (he does not capitalize his name) gave a webinar recently through our colleagues at the Leadership Learning Community.  In the webinar, a recording of which is available on line, powell talked about how systems thinking and a … Continue reading

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Employment Disparities Post-Education

What if we are working like mad to improve access to quality education, and when more students of color graduate high school and college… there are no jobs waiting for them? The stark disparities in employment rates point out the … 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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The Turnaround Teacher

In all the talk of turnaround schools, the qualities of the teaching that such schools require, sometimes called turnaround teachers, gets short shrift.  It’s the classroom as black box again, the black box that Wiliam and Black cracked open so … Continue reading

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