Register for Learning Policy Institute’s Upcoming Webinar: Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Work Force


From our friends at Learning Policy Institute:

You’re invited to join the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for a webinar on Wednesday, October 26 at 12 p.m. (EDT) on Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce. The one-hour interactive session will feature LPI President Dr. Linda-Darling Hammond, who will present findings from recently released LPI reports that explore the causes and consequences of teacher shortages and provide an in-depth review of the research on promoting a stable and high-quality teacher workforce. Dr. Darling-Hammond will be joined by Representative Robert Behning, Chairman of the Education Committee for the Indiana House of Representatives, and South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp, both of whom will share steps their states have taken to address teacher shortages and strengthen the teaching profession.

The webinar is part of an ongoing effort by LPI to inform a national conversation about the critical role a strong and stable teacher workforce plays in ensuring that every student has access to an equitable and empowering education. On September 15, LPI convened leaders from government, education, business, and parent and community organizations for a forum on Solving Teacher Shortages: Attracting and Retaining a Talented and Diverse Teaching Workforce. The day-long event included presentations on LPI’s latest research and in-depth sessions on critical issues related to teacher recruitment and retention. We’ve also released an interactive tool that provides a state-by-state look at key indicators of teacher supply and demand and the equitable distribution of teachers.
Learn more about recruiting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce.

Register today for the October 26 webinar.

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Partner Blog: The Impact of NEP

We are humbled by this glowing and affirming piece on one leader’s experience of our work, published Next Gen Learning Challenges. Thank you, Next Gen, Greg Klein, and Sarah Luchs!

Leading and Designing for Equity in Oakland

In our blog series on equity, we’ve periodically featured the work of regional partners. These partners represent the seven regional hubs actively cultivating local learning networks, next gen school designs, and self-directed professional learning communities. In this edition, we allow our gaze to fall upon some bright and colorful blooms maturing in the Oakland ecosystem.

A seed is planted

Greg Klein is Senior Director of Innovation and Learning for the Rogers Family Foundation. Earlier this spring, he shared a vision for equity generated by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and expressed in this Equity Pledge. “There’s a long history here. It’s uplifting…a kind of renewal unfolding,” he said.

In our conversation, Greg communicated respect and gratitude for the efforts of the National Equity Project—  a longtime local partner. He recalled his first exposure – many years ago as a middle school teacher –  to NEP’s leadership coaching approach. “It was one of the most powerful professional learning experiences of my professional career. That experience had a profound effect on how I view my work,” reflected Greg. “It shaped how and why I do what I do today.”

Read the full post here.
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Think, Engage, and Act Differently

Equity leadership is about being self-aware, self-correcting and self-directed and is vital in developing the transformational habits, skills and practices that demonstrate moral courage, independent judgment and bold action for leading in complex systems. To think, engage and act differently as an equity leader is about increasing your skill to anticipate, notice, and respond to changes in the environment. The process for unlocking one’s innovative potential and increasing one’s ability to engage and lead others in addressing inequity is rarely obvious or self evident on finding a way forward.

For instance, it’s impossible to put forth simple (or even complicated) cause-and-effect explanations for the persistent racial inequities that we see across the country in public education. Yet, time and again, that is exactly what we see happening in the form of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core Standards and the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act. For equity leaders to take action requires, in part, a persuasive framework and language, as well as tools to help identify more effective routes to progress on seemingly intractable societal challenges.

In complex situations, equity leaders must concentrate on the present more than the future, look more toward the possible than the probable, and conduct safe-to-learn experiments to discover what might work. By taking multiple perspectives, asking different questions, and seeing more of the system within which they work, equity leaders can better understand themselves, their role and the world around them. As they grow, these habits enhance their performance and enable them to navigate the “not knowing” while still setting a direction for the emergence of solutions to address their most challenging equity issues.

Below is a sample how an equity leader can begin developing useful habits to think, engage and act differently when confronting equity challenges in a complex system.   


We believe people have the capacity to solve their own problems. Consequently, in addition to knowing how to solve complicated problems, leadership development is about developing habits, skills and practices that are appropriate for addressing complex equity challenges. This involves developing habits and skills in undertaking cycles of observing, reflecting, planning and taking action. Developing a critical equity consciousness of how we think, engage and act is key in leading for equity in complex systems.

Learn more about our approach to Leading for Equity in Complex Systems at an upcoming Institute –

Oakland, CA: September 29-30, 2016 | February 23-24, 2017 | April 13-14, 2017 


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New Oakland Education Investment Fund, Educate78, announces partnership with the Black Teacher Project!

The National Equity Project is honored to incubate and house the Black Teacher Project (BTP) and its founder and our ally, Dr. Micia Mosely! We’re excited to share that new Oakland Education Investment fund, Educate78, recently announced its partnership with BTP. Below is a snippet from their most recent blog post. Read the whole thing here.


I founded the Black Teacher Project in 2015 to address a lifelong passion and pursuit of mine: to support Black people in the United States in becoming and remaining the best teachers we can be.

Photo Credit: Bethany Hines

I moved to the Bay Area to teach high school over 20 years ago and left the classroom after just a few years. I always pictured myself as the kind of teacher that would be in the classroom long enough to teach my students’ kids and be a strong presence in my community. I knew my departure was a mix of systemic, political, and professional factors that were connected to my Blackness. I wanted to learn more and support more Black people to become teachers and stay in the classroom, consistently gaining mastery of teaching while remaining healthy whole human beings. That led me to earn my Ph.D. in Education at U.C. Berkeley and write my dissertation on the roles and experiences of Black teachers in multi-racial settings. I then worked with BayCES (now National Equity Project) to support the creation of small schools in Oakland. I went on to work with organizations like the Posse Foundation and the Urban Teaching Corps which helped me gain a national perspective of what it takes for Black people to become and remain teachers in this country. Since returning to the Bay to support teachers locally I have been able to work with a former Black student of mine who has become a teacher. Working with her inspired me to develop this project. You can read more about that story in The Black Teacher Project’s collection of #MyBlackTeacher stories.

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PolicyLink asks, Will You #ClaimTheTorch?

NEP stands in solidarity with PolicyLink’s #ClaimTheTorch campaign, which encourages us all “to ignite, expand, and advance the conversation on equity.”

Enjoy this catalyzing video, produced by Wyatt Close and Big Bowl of Ideas, and accompanied by the powerful words of Mayda del Valle, who reminds us, “A movement is not a flash of light — it is a flame, a torch passed from one generation to the next and every so often we are blessed with moments where the smolder transforms to blaze again and we’re forced to race down the path of progress.”

Will you #ClaimTheTorch?

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NEP Incubating the Black Teacher Project

“Every child deserves a Black teacher.”

We are excited to announce another new partnership – with the Black Teacher Project!

LaShawn Chatmon Micia Mosely

NEP Executive Director LaShawn Routé Chatmon & Black Teacher Project Founder Micia Mosely

The Black Teacher Project (BTP) recruits, develops, and sustains Black teachers for schools in the United States. Their goal is to create an effective teaching force that reflects the diversity of Black people in this country. To achieve this goal, the BTP:

  1. Develops specific recruitment strategies for future Black teachers;
  2. Develops supports for Black teachers to sustain themselves personally and professionally;
  3. Conducts research on Black teacher health and sustainability.

Black Teacher ProjectThe Black Teacher Project was founded by Micia Mosely – an enormous intellect, super-connector, leader, ally, comedian and former staff member! By incubating the BTP, NEP will serve as their fiscal agent as they work to secure their initial start-up revenue. We are also providing office and meeting space for BTP’s West coast operations.

Learn more at, find them on Facebook at, follow on Twitter at @blackteacherpro or contact Micia at

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Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Launches Partnership with the National Equity Project

This is a re-blog by Rob Larson from the Education Northwest blog at:

Rob Larson, Director, Oregon Leadership Network

Rob Larson, Director, Oregon Leadership Network

Throughout our state, unacceptable disparities exist in course-taking patterns, discipline practices, attendance, college readiness, and virtually all educational indicators. A recent study released by ECONorthwest estimates that the racial achievement gap costs Oregon $2 billion a year in economic activity. More importantly, this gap represents significant unrealized potential for individuals, families, and communities. As members of the OLN, we have made a statement that we are committed to eliminating gaps in student opportunity and achievement in order to create a brighter future for Oregon students and families.

To sustain the mission of the OLN, the State Steering Committee articulated the need to deepen the nature of our work. This means that as a condition of OLN membership, we collectively and urgently seek improved outcomes for educational equity. We thoughtfully ask more provocative questions, identify and mitigate barriers to improvement, demonstrate strong passion and skill, and celebrate improved outcomes along the way.

Together, we have called for practical, actionable support to improve educational practice and help with day-to-day efforts to make effective decisions that eliminate institutional racism, promote positive and inclusive learning, and sustain equitable practice. To address these challenges, I am pleased to announce a formal partnership with the National Equity Project (NEP).

The National Equity Project is nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. They share the values of the OLN and a commitment to achieving educational equity. NEP works to ensure that each child receives what he or she needs to develop to his or her full academic and social potential. Moreover, they are dedicated to interrupting inequitable practices, examining biases, and creating inclusive, multicultural school environments for adults and children.

With the support of the OLN Executive Committee and the State Steering Committee, our partnership with the NEP will provide professional learning services focused on education equity exclusively through the OLN at a special rate for all OLN member organizations.

Professional learning opportunities are available in critical areas, such as:

  • Instructional coaching for equity
  • Keeping students at the “core” of the Common Core
  • Teaching with a cultural eye
  • Leading for equity in complex systems

This statewide effort is designed to enhance local outcomes and improve practice within and among OLN member organizations. Additionally, the OLN’s partnership with the NEP will foster coherence across the OLN members in our common mission to close opportunity and achievement gaps in Oregon.

There’s much to look forward to as we approach the 2015–2016 school year. In addition to the OLN’s new partnership with the National Equity Project, we welcome new members to our statewide leadership-development network. This year’s new members include Eugene School District 4J, the Hood River County School District, the Black Parent Initiative, and Portland YouthBuilders.

Here’s to a successful launch to the 2015–2016 school year!

In the state of Oregon we will be exclusively working with OLN members this year. For more information on the National Equity Project’s work with the Oregon Leadership Network visit

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