Category Archives: school reform

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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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends – School Harassment Still Puts GLBT Youth at Risk

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military ended today, a reason for celebration.  Here is the Obama administration video commemorating the end of the policy and featuring the testimony of a number of former servicemen and women. This is another … 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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The Need for Embedded Professional Development

A new article in the MDRC newsletter, “Professional Development for Teachers: What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us,” describes studies in which PD on the workshop / follow-up coaching model was found to have very little effect. They conclude that: “New … Continue reading

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Education Transformation and the Teacher Assessment Debate

Interesting piece by Irving Hamer, Memphis Superintendent, in Ed Week “Collaboration Is Essential in Public Education,” that is part of a larger debate about Joel Klein’s recent Atlantic Monthly article, titled “The Failure of American Schools,” which paints a grim picture of entrenched and … Continue reading

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Collaboration, Vision, and Learning Process

I found a useful powerpoint presentation on school turnaround challenges by a Dave Weaver at a regional SIG conference that focused on cultural and systems blockages to fostering collaboration in schools trying to turn around.  It references a book that clearly … Continue reading

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