Category Archives: Relationships

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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The Dropout Crisis: Solutions from Castlemont High

I spent this morning listening to a great segment on our local NPR affiliate KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny.  The segment, entitled “The Dropout Crisis: Solutions” was broadcast from the auditorium of Oakland’s Castlemont High School and featured guests Fania … Continue reading

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Detroit Parents Visiting Schools – Update

We blogged recently about working with parents in Detroit on how to productively evaluate their schools.  Now the parents have begun their school visits, organized by Excellent Schools Detroit,  and there was a nice piece on it in the local … Continue reading

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Community Agreements

When teams and other groups engage in ongoing work together toward a common vision, it is often helpful to form a set of Community Agreements.  Community Agreements are developed among a group as a collective vision for how they want … 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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Adora Svitak Talks Learning Partnerships

A couple weeks ago our staff met for our annual mid-year retreat.  We opened the day watching an inspirational Ted Talk from twelve-year old author and poet Adora Svitak. I was struck not only by her poise, humor and eloquence, … 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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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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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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