Category Archives: school reform

The Common Core, Pre-Reading, and Equity

Our Curriculum Developer Zaretta Hammond co-authored an article for the new issue of Phi Delta Kappan titled “Text and Truth: Reading, student experience, and the Common Core” (requires subscription). Zaretta and her co-author Susan Sandler write that the Common Core … Continue reading

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Equitable Turnaround Approaches

A new report on turnaround schools came through our in box last week, representing a welcome alternative view of leadership and change to the dominant approaches in the education system that aligns with National Equity Project approaches.  First, the dominant approach to improving … 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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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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LaShawn Routé Chatmon interviewed in America’s Wire

Our executive Director LaShawn Routé Chatmon was interviewed for a national news story, “Educators Alarmed: Minority Teenagers Performing At Academic Levels of 30 Years Ago,” by Teresa Wiltz for America’s Wire.  The article explores the fact that “while achievement levels … 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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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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The Growth of Coaching

Great overview at the Ed Week Teaching Now blog on the new piece by Atul Gawande in the New Yorker about coaching. After looking at sports and performing arts, Gawande examines teacher-coaching programs to see how “regular professionals” can use … Continue reading

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American Teacher documentary

The National Equity Project is a proud partner of the new documentary, American Teacher, produced by our friends at the Teacher Salary Project and screening initially in the Bay Area in early October. To purchase tickets for the San Francisco … Continue reading

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