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How Do We Ensure Personalized Learning is a True Equity Initiative?

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 01.23.2017 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

By Guest Authors Ace Parsi and Maria Moser Personalized learning is the new "it" in education. This approach, often defined by flexible learning envi...

The Fragility of Justice and the Ordinary Heroes Who Must Uphold It

Martin J. Blank | Posted 12.25.2016 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Guest blog by Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Community Schools. Would you ever fear that your own tombstone would be ...

5 Ways Foundations And Wealthy Donors Can Combat The Trump Agenda

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Groups and individuals are beginning to organize against the most damaging aspects of Trump's politics. A resistance is forming, and it needs and deserves the support of our nation's foundations and wealthy donors.

Love Trumps Hate: Building Inclusive, Equitable School Communities

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 12.20.2016 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

In the month since our November 8th election, educators across the country have been stunned by the increase in racial slurs, bullying, and graffiti f...

It's About The 100% Of Black Children: The 94 % In Traditional Schools AND The 6% In Charter Schools

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 12.06.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

For most parents and students, the bottom line is very clear! Schools are supposed to be for kids.

All We Have is Struggle

Arthur Camins | Posted 11.14.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

It's the morning after. Almost half of the nation deserves some indulgence for despair, disgust and disappointment- but not for too long. We have now...

Why 'The Well-Tempered City' is a One-Stop, Urban Epic

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.27.2016 | Books
Charles R. Wolfe

Spoiler alert: I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose's new...

Individual Choice Is No Substitute for Democracy

Arthur Camins | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

Donald Trump and promoters of unelected school boards would have us acquiesce to a contrary subservient vision.

Why My Twitter Feed is Singing About Placemaking

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.11.2016 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone...

City Gates: Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Charles R. Wolfe

The city gate of old in Acaya, Italy: form follows function A year of political obsession with walls along national borders has me contemplating city...

Olympics Out Of Reach For Half-Million Girls Sitting On Sidelines

Kim Turner | Posted 08.25.2016 | Sports
Kim Turner

As the school year begins, and in celebration of this Women's Equality Day on Aug. 26, we can work here at home to reduce the pervasive sexism and inequity that females face.

Why Are Parents Of Color And The Poor Expected To Keep Sacrificing Their Kids Wellbeing In Unjust Schools - For An Education?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 08.17.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

We definitely know what failing schools look like because many children of color are forced to attend them every day - but those days will soon change because parents, students and communities are moving from the sidelines into the game of education reform because it has become a matter of survival!

Always A Baby Step Away From American Disparity

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 08.12.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

As I continue to see the stark differences in realities for people based on income and race, it baffles me that there is the expectation for people to thrive in sinking environments like some communities in inner-city Chicago.

The Stars of Equity Hope Movie Smashes Money Taboo for Women

Laura Goldman | Posted 08.02.2016 | Entertainment
Laura Goldman

The slogan for the movie, "Equity", which was a Sundance favorite, is a variation of the Gordon Gekko mantra-"Money is Good". The film, directed by Me...

The Mortality Games: U.S. Is Disqualified In Trials For Health Olympics

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Anne Mercer

How should we train for the Health Olympics in future generations? It took us over sixty years to go from being one of the world's healthiest nations to today's dismal showing. There is no quick fix.

A Good Idea That Will Again Fail

Jack Jennings | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

American school districts commonly spend less from state and locally generated funds in schools with concentrations of children from low-income families than they do in their other schools. Why?

Hate Is A Public Health Emergency

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

Orlando is a wake-up call, an opportunity to say "never again," not only to obvious acts of violence like the Pulse Nightclub massacre, but to the more subtle but equally lethal acts of violence fueled by every day, systemic hate.

Making Sense Of It All

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

The story I have continued to tell others is that race and socio-economic relations in this country have come a long way; that we are close to fulfilling Dr. King's dream. Maybe it's a story I believed myself. After the events of this past week, I'm faced with a more stark reality: we are not.

Governor Christie v. The Children Of New Jersey: Political Racism?

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Eric Cooper

It is a sad day for equity and opportunity in New Jersey that Governor Christie has decided to overturn America's most important education lawsuit.

Equity in educational content is neither a privilege nor asking too much

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Murali Balaji

Next week, the California State Board of Education is set to adopt new history and social science curriculum frameworks after a nearly two year proces...

Monitoring The Mayor's Purse Strings

Elissa Stein | Posted 07.01.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

Last Friday, State leaders voted to extend mayoral control of NYC schools for one year. This time, for the first time ever, there are specific strings attached. The Mayor and the city will now be required to share funding formulas and information for individual schools.

Embracing Discomfort

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Like many, I've spent a great deal of time thinking about what more I -- and, by extension, the organization I lead, Grantmakers for Effective Organiz...

Meeting The Needs Of Tomorrow's Leaders

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

College campuses across the country are experiencing increased student activism. Students are challenging practices inside and outside the classroom,...

Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants' Health at Risk

Judy Belk | Posted 06.24.2016 | Black Voices
Judy Belk

This news from the Supreme Court is deeply disappointing. But the movement for healthier communities is bigger than one legal case.


Judy Belk | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Judy Belk

How did we get to this point in California? Why, in one of the most prosperous states in the wealthiest country in the world, must families wait in line to use a portable shower stall and donated water in a church parking lot in order to bathe?