Archive of 2009

Images of “othering”

on December 5th, 2009 in Blog by | No Comments

I just reconnected with an amazing woman from my grad school days at the University of Maryland.  Avis Jones-Deweever is director of the Research, Public Policy, and Information Center at the National Council of Nego Women.  Please read her recent blog post on “Precious” and “The Blind Side” on the…

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A guest shares her thoughts on the proposed curfew

on November 30th, 2009 in Blog by | No Comments

by Brandy Johnson Tomorrow (December 1), a proposed curfew for minors in Iowa City will come up for consideration by our City Council. I was recently asked if I felt that the curfew proposal was focused on black youth.  My answer was “ABSOLULTELY YES!”  The violence that people talked about during…

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Pausing on Thanksgiving

on November 26th, 2009 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  This morning, I opened my email to a much appreciated message from the president of the National Congress of American Indians, Jefferson Keel. NCAI President Jefferson Keel Speaks of Gratitude and Hope on Thanksgiving Day WASHINGTON — November 25, 2009 — National Congress of American Indians…

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Problematizing “Achievement Gaps”: Recommendations for the National Assessment Governing Board

on November 20th, 2009 in Racial Equity by | No Comments

Download the PowerPoint (PDF) Library image (cc) Patrick Hoesly

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Stereotype Threat

on November 3rd, 2009 in Blog by | No Comments

In July 2009, REL Southeast at SERVE Center, UNC, Greensboro,  published the Issues and Answers brief for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) titled Reducing stereotype threat in the classroom: A Review of social-psychological intervention studies on improving the achievement of Black students.  The authors tell us that “stereotype threat…

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Teaching Diverse Students Initiative

on October 26th, 2009 in Blog by | No Comments

Teaching Tolerance, a project of  The Southern Poverty Law Center, recently launched a new effort entitled the  “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.”  This is a very nicely designed site with researched-based tools and resources for teaching racially and ethnically diverse students.   Contributors to the site include Linda Darling-Hammond, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sonia Nieto, Mica Pollock and others…

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Learning with our youth

on October 22nd, 2009 in Blog by | No Comments

I constantly am amazed at how prepared young people are to talk about race.  I recently had the privilege of talking with students in the Fast Trac College Bound program at Iowa City High School.  We are inviting these young leaders to contribute to this blog.  Stay tuned…! This document provides background…

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Welcome!

on October 20th, 2009 in Blog by | No Comments

Welcome to West Wind Education Policy’s blog on Systemic Equity Leadership. We’ve set this space up primarily as a place to share links and thoughts with anyone we come into contact with through the work. We also will be posting links to handouts and readings we’ve shared here on the…

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Critical Race Theory: An Annotated Bibliography

on September 1st, 2009 in Library, Racial Equity by | Comments Off

Download the List of Resources (PDF) Critical Race Theory (CRT) emerged in the legal academy in response to growing dissatisfaction with Critical Legal Studies (CLS) and its inability to adequately address race and racism in its critique of U.S. jurisprudence. Many trace the framework back to the work of Derrick…

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Summary of The Knowledge Garage: Redesigning Education R&D to Transform Learning

on August 10th, 2009 in Education R&D, Innovation by | No Comments

Download the Full White Paper (PDF) Download the Summary (PDF) Executive Summary Education R&D has its passionate advocates, to be sure, but even they would be hard pressed to argue that the topic conjures up visions of unbridled creativity, free flowing inventiveness, and audacious risk-taking—at least at first glance. This…

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