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Our Freedoms Are Eternally Won

“Words like freedom, justice, and democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what they are.  It takes enormous…effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.”   – James … Continue reading

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Equity and the Common Core

The question on my mind these days is: Will the Common Core, on the whole, be a force for equity? Or will it wind up reproducing the current inequities in our system? Literacy educator Alfred Tatum asks this question even more … Continue reading

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Three Keys to Effective and Equitable Meetings

1.) Effective meetings emphasize purpose and identity. The purpose of any meeting should be more than getting through a list of items together.  If it were that simple, an email could probably do the trick. (If you’re calling a meeting … Continue reading

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The Federal Equity and Excellence Commission Report

Last week the federal report on equity in education was released by the congressionally mandated Equity and Excellence Commission. Entitled “For Each And Every Child,” it focuses more explicitly on educational opportunity and the role of poverty in student achievement than … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

1) Commit to knowing your students well — academically, socially, and emotionally.  Learn about their families, cultures, and interests.  Ask questions, talk with parents, community members and colleagues, read books, watch movies, listen to music.  Make home visits, or create … Continue reading

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25 Handy Words We Need In Schools

You may have already seen this post, 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English. It looks like it’s been culled from Christopher Moore’s In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World.  Reading … Continue reading

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Community Schools National Forum

The Coalition for Community Schools presents their 2012 National Forum next week in San Francisco, May 9-12.  This year’s theme is “Scaling up School and Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy.” National Equity Project Executive Director LaShawn Routé Chatmon will serve on … Continue reading

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