Category Archives: school improvement

Instructional Coaching for Equity: Starting the School Year Right

At the National Equity Project, we believe that equity-focused instructional coaching begins with developing a caring and meaningful learning partnership between the coach and teacher. Bringing a genuine curiosity about who this teacher is – as an educator and as … Continue reading

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Teacher of the Year testimony

I’Asha Warfield was named one of two Teachers of the Year for Alameda County California, encompassing 23 districts serving over 200,000 students, 40% of them low-income. She is an English teacher at Frick Middle School in Oakland Unified. She worked … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

The National Equity Project has a new website, and a new blog! Most of our blog content lives there now. You can find this post: 5 Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom now! Visit us at https://www.nationalequityproject.org/blog and subscribe … Continue reading

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Teaching with a Cultural Eye and Listening

We welcomed over 40 teachers and other educators, including teams from nine bay area K-12 schools, to our most recent Teaching with a Cultural Eye (TCE) Institute last week (March 15-16) to learn, discuss, and reflect on relationships with students in the context … 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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But That’s Just Good Teaching!

Last week’s event with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings was phenomenal.  We co-sponsored the event at Oakland High School with Mills College’s Center for Urban School Partnerships and couldn’t be more grateful for the folks at Mills for getting this great event … 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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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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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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