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Eight for Equity! August Roundup

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If you visit our website, one of the first statements you’ll read is “The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is a nonprofit organization established to promote innovative models of schools and increase justice and opportunity for all learners.” The commitment to increasing justice and opportunity for all learners is the ruler by which we measure all of the work that our organization embarks on.

On the heels of two staff members participating in SEED (Seeking Education Equity & Diversity) Training—be on the lookout for a reflection on that experience!—our organization is energized for equity work more than ever before. To share our passion with the world, we are excited to announce the launch of a new blog series: Eight for Equity!

In this series, we will feature a roundup of eight of our favorite videos, articles, tools, and resources for advancing educational equity each month. Check back often so you never miss one of our Eight for Equity posts and join the conversation on Twitter (#EightForEquity) by sharing your response to the resources, or share one of your own favorites—we might even feature your resources and give you a shout out in a future post!

Eight for Equity! August Roundup

  1. Confronting Inequity on the Path to College - Edutopia: College admittance and retention among students of color remains one of the greatest concerns of educators in low-income and immigrant communities. In this video and article from Edutopia, hear testimony from three high schools where the path to college is one paved with inequity.

  2. Promoting Educational Equity through Family Engagement - Harvard Family Research Project: In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2015, HFRP published six family engagement action steps and principles that are transformative, broad, and far-reaching to promote educational equity. Acknowledging disparities in authentic opportunities for family engagement in schools, this King Legacy list is designed to break down misconceptions about family engagement in low-income communities and communities of color.

  3. Dismantling Racism in Education - Heinemann Publishing Company: Are you committed to dismantling racism in education but unsure of where to start? One thing is certain: we cannot allow not knowing where to start keep us from trying or starting at all. Be sure to check out this podcast (transcript on the bottom!) to hear thoughts on “what racism looks like and how do we breakup the assumptions we make about racism.”

  4. Racial Equity Lens Bookmark - Portland Public Schools: You might not expect this resource from the city known for its high concentration of microbreweries, but the Racial Equity Lens Bookmark is the resource you won’t want to leave the house without as you head back to school! The lens provides five questions to consider how policies, programs, practices, and decisions ensure—or threaten—equitable outcomes. Portland Public Schools believes that when the lens is applied frequently and intentionally, “students and families of color will experience more equitable outcomes in the education and services they require.”

  5. I Just Sued the School System! - Prince EA (Richard Williams) via YouTube: Are you someone who could use a smile in this heavy season of education and politics? If so, this video is for you! Prince EA leverages his spoken word artistry and rights activist experience from St Louis, Missouri in this mock trial case between the American School System and the students it's failing. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself nodding emphatically and feeling renewed with a hope that the future can be brighter.

  6. Racial Equity Tool - Puget Sound Educational Service District: Out in Washington State, the Puget Sound Educational Service District is a regional educational agency “striving to become an Anti-racists Multicultural Organization in order to eliminate the opportunity gap.” Evidence of that commitment is found in their Racial Equity Tool which helps schools/organizations to analyze programs, practices, policies, and procedures in light of racial equity best practices criteria. Looking for an added bonus? Check out the Racial Equity Tool Worksheet! which provides space for recording your—or your team’s—responses to the best practices criteria!

  7. Building Equitable Classrooms - Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE): What does it mean for students to have “equal-status” in a classroom? What do equitable classrooms look like? How are they created? Listen in as Professor Rachel Lotan, Director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, explains her research on Complex Instruction and re-frames how our system of education can move toward greater equity.

  8. How America’s Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty - TEDTalks: Kandice Sumner is an educator in Boston who has something to say about the disparity in resources between schools in low-income and higher-income communities. Check out this video and prepare to be challenged to face reality and become part of change!