Diversity and Equity

Tap the Transformative Power of Stories to Build a Kinder World

If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) As teachers and …

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How Partnering With a Local University Saved This School From Closure

In 2015, East Upper and Lower Schools—formerly East High School—in Rochester, New York entered into a unique partnership between the New York State Education Department, Rochester City School District and the University of Rochester. This Educational Partnership Organization aims to curtail a trend of academic underperformance and high rates of truancy, absenteeism and dropout, which …

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At Educause, a Push to Monitor Student Data is Met with Concerns About Privacy and Equity

CHICAGO — Colleges are increasingly using Big Data to monitor students, control their access to information and set them on learning paths they may not have chosen, argues Chris Gilliard, a professor at Macomb Community College, who says the practices add up to “digital redlining.” “I don’t think education is a predictive task,” said Gilliard, …

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Students With Dyslexia Aren’t Dumb. Teachers Can Help Them See That.

As a kid, I used to sneak into my sister’s bedroom, pull out each of her “Baby-Sitters Club” books, look at the covers, and wonder what each one was about. I’d make up stories to what I thought was going to happen, but never once cracked the books open to attempt to read the print. …

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A New Approach to Discipline Slashed Suspension Rates and Transformed This DC School

WASHINGTON — When Stephanie Gunter accepted a second-grade teaching position at Langley Elementary, she was no novice. By that point, Gunter had been teaching in D.C. Public Schools for six years, and she felt she’d hit her stride in the classroom. Then the new school year started. From day one at Langley, a Title I …

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Storefront Advising Programs Bring Free College Counseling Into Low-Income Communities

HOUSTON — Colorful college pennants line the walls in a small room at a public library branch in the city’s Near Northside. At a table with stacks of flyers advertising scholarships, a family confers quietly with a counselor. Students come here from miles around to meet—first-come, first-served—with advisers for help navigating all things higher education, …

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In DC, Teachers Run the Jail. It’s Turning Inmates Into Students.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jerard Briscoe is away at school. Or at least, that’s what he tells his kids. It’s a plausible story. He studies for GED math exams. He reads e-books and takes courses using a tablet computer. He even wears a uniform: an orange jumpsuit and white Velcro sneakers. “If you’re at college, you …

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How Do We Get More Girls Into STEM? Build Confidence (and Robots)

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce today but hold only a quarter of the science and engineering jobs. With careers of the future heavily concentrated in STEM fields, it’s unacceptable for women to be left out of the space. Not only do employers need to have the largest possible pool of …

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5G for Education Is Finally Here. First Stop? Cleveland.

The old building that houses Cleveland’s Entrepreneurship Prep Cliffs Campus, part of Breakthrough Schools, has sure come a long way since its days as an elevator factory. In addition to hosting a public K-8 charter school, the former factory was recently outfitted with augmented and virtual reality stations, 3D printers and interactive screens in preparation …

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What This Teacher Learned from Visiting 20 Schools Effectively Supporting Kids of Color

As I sat across from Tykia, a 17-year-old student from Success Academy in Lexington, Ky., I could feel her frustration as she detailed a recent argument with a substitute bus driver. Listening to her account, I was reminded of my own aggravations when dealing with adults as a young African American girl in middle school. …

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Colleges Reinforce Inequality Rather than Social Mobility, New Book Argues

Guidance counselors who only steer you toward community college. University recruiters who never visit your high school. Relatives who are ambivalent or even hostile about your goals. If you’re a poor, smart student who dreams of changing your circumstances through higher education, the resistance you often face may make you wonder whether the system is …

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A Faculty-Led Fund Gets Cash to Struggling Students, Fast

The email arrived like a punch in the gut. You have exhausted your Pell Grant funds. In order to take this class, you will need to pay out of pocket. Jimmieka Mills was familiar with that feeling. When she’d shown up at the financial aid office of a Houston Community College campus at age 19, …

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