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3 Reasons to Be Proud for Supporters of Education Equality

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

On March 27, policymakers, teachers, philanthropists and Integrated Student Supports providers rolled up their sleeves, pulled up their chairs, and sat down at the table -- both literally and figuratively. And with that, ISS officially became a part of the national conversation.

The Real Madness: College Athletes Who Can't Read

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.04.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The real tragedy is the lost opportunity for colleges to help change for the better the trajectory of college athletes' academic careers, even for those who were passed through deficient middle and high schools.

Improving Adult Education Will Help the U.S. Catch Up with Slovakia and Estonia

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.28.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Conversations about education reform and America's global competitiveness are often hand-in-glove. National benchmarks, such as the Common Core State...

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part 3: Study Reveals Overwhelming Confidence in CCSS

Marc H. Morial | Posted 03.26.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

It is not possible to ensure equity and excellence if we do not have the same high expectations for all students and invest in them equitably.

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards -- Part Two: Closing the Achievement Gap

Marc H. Morial | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

Once these implementation wrinkles are ironed out, we believe that over time, a commitment to higher standards for every student will go a long way towards closing the achievement gap.

Three Suggestions for 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Conversations about education reform have been hijacked by school privatization and longstanding suggestions that have not significantly moved the ach...

For our young men of color, do we have the will to make a way?

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.06.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The recently announced White House initiative "My Brother's Keeper" has triggered spirited responses about the reasons why boys and young men of color...

If 'My Brother's Keeper' Is to Succeed, the White House and Philanthropists Must Focus on Education Reform

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Through its "My Brother's Keeper" initiative announced today, the White House says it hopes to reroute the flow of boys and young men of color from the "cradle-to-prison" pipeline to the "cradle-to-career" pipeline. The stakes are extraordinarily high.

National Urban League Endorses Common Core State Standards - Here's Why: Part One

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

It does not serve our nation or our future when some children are systemically less prepared than others, nor does it serve our nation to have this issue tossed onto a political battlefield where it becomes a casualty of partisanship and deliberate misinformation.

With Racial Disparities Aplenty, We Still Need Black History Month

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We've made progress, to be sure. Americans have elected an African-American president not once, but twice. Yet stereotypes remain and we have cold, hard data -- on incarceration, poverty and educational attainment, among so many other things -- that prove the point.

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Equity in education has long been an ideal. It's an ideal celebrated in a variety of contexts, too. Even the Founding Fathers celebrated education as ...

Closing the College Gender Gap

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

If you have been following education hot button issues for any length of time, you've likely read about the nationwide push to better encourage girls ...

Education Equity: Challenges and Suggestions

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The practice of equity in education has been less than effective. That is, equity is a difficult ideal to maintain and many strategies attempting to maintain it have fallen far short in the implementation.

Equity, Testing Madness, and the Ongoing School Wars

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Bruce Lesley

Under the banner of "school reform," testing advocates and their lobbyists changed the frame and purposely undermined the quest for better equity.

Repairing Urban Education

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

As another school year gets under way, our country has the opportunity to repair urban education in a substantive, strategic and sustainable way -- using proven, and common sense, approaches that are based on investing in teachers and engaging our children and families.

California Moving Away From Washington's Corporate Education Reform

John Affeldt | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
John Affeldt

Is it too much to hope that Washington will begin taking notice and start moving toward the anti-poverty educational policies being pursued in the state where one in eight public school students attend school?

Achievement Gap: Persistent and Puzzling

Douglas Haller | Posted 08.28.2013 | Technology
Douglas Haller

To some degree, the hard work of educators has paid off; NEAP reading and mathematics scores for all students have improved over the last 20 years. Yet gaps persist, causing many to puzzle about their tenacious hold on the U.S. education system.

Building a Country's Growth Mindset

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.25.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

As a society, we must recognize that poverty is a real obstacle -- not an excuse - to achieving the American dream. Poverty remains a structural failure, not a personal problem.

Tales from the 'Magic City'

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Children played a critical role in demonstrations that defined the civil rights movement in Birmingham. Fifty years later, we remember another leader, the late Dr. Michael Froning, for helping Birmingham's children, families and teachers develop a sense of their own stake in education.

Student's Rant Speaks Volumes for What Ails Our Classrooms

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

How can we as a nation go where his teacher would not, and rise up to address students when they ask what their schools are doing to help them?

The Hope Factor

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We know children are influenced by everything from family income and dynamics to what happens in the classroom. Helping students uncover their strengths, rather than their weaknesses, and develop their potential should be the paramount focus for education.

Disruptive Difference: World Education Leaders Unite At Global Education and Skills Forum

Vikas Pota | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

As a professional conference go-er, the Global Education & Skills Forum reminded me very much of the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos for its professionalism, and high caliber of delegates.

Shame on California Districts Seeking to Perpetuate Funding Advantages

John Affeldt | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Affeldt

Kudos to Jerry Brown for proposing to end the inequities in California school funding -- and shame on the districts that seek to fossilize the advantages they have enjoyed for decades now.

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Social Change

Mimi Ito | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education
Mimi Ito

There is a unique opportunity before us with today's technologies to make the entry points and pathways to knowledge, learning and opportunity accessible to many more young people. It's a question of will.

Clinton Agrees, Equity IS the Superior Growth Model

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.10.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

We are undergoing a dramatic demographic transformation in which the very same racial and ethnic groups that have been most excluded are now driving our population growth, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.