Diversity and Equity

Can You Be a ‘Good Teacher’ Inside a Failing School?

No matter what you do you are still going to be accountable for the test score...It is more like a professional football team. If the team does not win, it is the coach’s fault, and the coach is fired.Carl Brownlee, middle school teacher

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In Conversation: Black Female Tech CEOs on Leveling the Playing Field for Youth of Color

At a time when the women’s movement is making headlines across the country, females remain vastly underrepresented in the industry that shapes our future: technology. This underrepresentation is especially prevalent for women of color. For example, African-American women hold only three percent of computing occupations, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Confronting the Realities of Sexual Harassment in Education and Edtech

When I was 24, I entered into my third year of teaching. I was bright-eyed, optimistic, and excited to start out a new role that combined administration with teaching middle-school math. I felt in control of my career and my job. But about six months in, an awkward encounter left me wondering whether that sense of control was indeed as real as I thought it to be.

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Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company

Ninjas. Rockstars. Those may be commonly-used metaphors to describe ideal workers at fast-growing tech companies. But in job descriptions, these labels can feel exclusionary and dissuade candidates from joining an organization.At a SXSW EDU session about improving recruiting, hiring and cultural practices to support diverse edtech organizations, TeLisa Daughtry, founder of FlyTechnista, says that sort of word choice can feel uncomfortable for women and people of color who don’t associate with those terms.

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There Is No Equity in Education Without Equitable Funding for Entrepreneurs

I was giving a talk about the inequities for people of color in entrepreneurship when a White male entrepreneur interrupted to tell me that it was hard for him too. That when he was starting his company, he had to max out his credit cards and did not have wealthy friends to fund his business. What I have tried to explain him and to many others is that if you, as a White person, are playing the game on level 7, then people of color are playing it on level 11. These differences are compounded for women of color.

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?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.

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