Diversity and Equity

?What Does It Take to Create Diverse Schools? Meet the Pioneers Making It Happen

Despite progress in integrating American schools following the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. schools are less diverse today than in the 1960s. But as schools have grown more homogenous, our country has only become increasingly diverse.

From Robotics to Full-Ride Scholarships, How Navajo Students Beat the Odds

Earlier this year, participants of the FIRST world robotics competition garnered national headlines after a team of young girls from Afghanistan were denied visas to attend the event in the United States. While multiple stories of visas kept the competition in the news, an interesting story of firsts from a Navajo team in Utah might have slipped under the radar.

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Educators Can't Help Homeless Students if They Can't Identify Them

At the beginning of my fifth grade school year, my family was homeless, or as some say, transitional— meaning an individual who is a resident in temporary housing. We lived in hotels for a period of time. And we would “double up,” which means to live with other families.

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These Youth Are Transforming the Trauma of Poverty With Raw, Original Storytelling

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective is a 501c3 organization that works to document St. Louis, Missouri through art and word. Professional artists work alongside African American urban youth 15-24 years-old to collect stories, reframe and retell them to promote understanding, pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.

Jay-Z, Kanye, and MLK—Using Lyrics and Literary Devices to Teach Students to Write

Cree was scribbling aimlessly with her head down in an intentional posture that made it impossible to make eye contact with me. It was the third quarter of the school year and I was standing at the front of her ninth grade English class. Literary non-fiction was the unit, which meant the students were learning about essays, articles, and speeches. On that particular day, the class was set to examine speeches from Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Canoe as the Classroom: Cultivating Culturally Responsible Navigators and Leaders

In May 2014, 
H?k?le?a, a traditional Native Hawaiian double-hulled canoe, launched on its worldwide voyage to spread the message of M?lama Honua, which translates as “to care for Island Earth.” H?k?le?a is not a modern day vessel with a powerful motor, GPS or even a compass. H?k?le?a has something better. She is powered by the wind, waves and most importantly, a shared vision, mission and values.

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Why Edtech Executives Are Keeping a Close Eye on Preschool Demographics

Edtech executives tell it, there are certain student populations, such as English language learners or ELLs, that haven’t received the investment they deserve. But all that may be changing as investors, tech companies and researchers begin zeroing in on America’s newest school-age cohort—namely, the Pre-Kindergarten set.“As new populations surface the market is going to correct itself,” noted Tory Patterson the managing director and co-founder of Owl Ventures, referring specifically to ELLs.

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The Importance of Teaching a 360° Perspective on Columbus Day

In 2015, the city of Albuquerque declared that instead of celebrating Columbus Day on the second Monday of October, it would commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Last year, Santa Fe followed suit, and just recently, Los Angeles announced that it would add Indigenous Peoples’ Day to its municipal calendar as well.

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Seven Ways to Use Google Docs to Support Bilingual Student Writers

The room is filled with chatter in Arabic, French, and Ukrainian as my class of 9th, 10th and 11th grade emergent bilingual students file into third period, grabbing their iPads off the cart before they settle into reading. Title III federal grant funds from the previous year made it possible for me to create a 1:1 classroom for students enrolled in ESL at Seaholm and Groves High Schools in Birmingham, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit.

Teachers, Students and Tech Giants Push Back Against Decision to End DACA

Just as many schools and campuses resume after summer break, the Trump Administration ended a program that had allowed hundreds of thousands of students whose parents are undocumented to remain in the US to pursue their studies. The announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has drawn sharp criticism from leaders in K-12 and higher education, as well as from technology leaders.

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