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Black History Month Events in Iowa City

on February 17th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

I recently heard yet another story of black youth who feel left out of their school community year round, but who feel it especially strongly during Black History Month, which has gone mostly unrecognized at their school.  I hope that voices of these youth will spark a review of curricular offerings, celebrations,…

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A MLK Day to Remember

on January 20th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

I hope you had a meaningful MLK Day yesterday!  We are proud that our very own Alecia Brooks was honored yesterday at the 1st Annual Stride Toward Progress Bell Ringing and Awards Ceremony here in Iowa City.  Royceann Porter, 2014-15 African American Achievement Award Recipient, took it upon herself to publicly acknowledge the hard…

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Marking the One Year Anniversary of Our Local Equity Report

on July 23rd, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

One year ago today, the Coalition for Racial Justice released the report, Racial Equity in Iowa City and Johnson County.  This report was a major impetus for the partnership we have developed with Diversity Focus, so that we might address some of the challenges described within. Our very own Alecia Brooks wrote…

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Honoring MLK in Iowa City and Beyond

on January 13th, 2014 in Blog by | 1 Comment

The Iowa City Community Schools (ICCSD) decided to hold school on the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday this year.  The Coalition for Racial Justice strongly opposed this decision and asked the school board to honor the MLK Holiday and cancel school on Monday, January 20.  The school board decided…

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Local Activism for Equity

on November 26th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

There is an exciting movement under foot in Iowa City, as residents across our community–diverse by race, geography, culture, language, income, and wealth–join together to approach the Iowa City Community School Board tonight.  Earlier in the year, the Calendar Committee, appointed by the superintendent of schools, presented a school year…

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Compensatory Leadership

on June 24th, 2013 in Blog by | 1 Comment

I had the opportunity to take part in a webinar last week with CCSSO and the New Hampshire State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) team. The NH team lead presented a problem of practice for consultation. In the process, she was asking great questions about the roles of principals in…

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“College- and Career-Readiness” Calls for High School Transformation

on April 7th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

“College- and career-readiness” has become a “new” goal for education reformers nationally.  (I put “new” in quotation marks, because this is not a particularly new idea or debate, though certainly the term “college- and career-readiness” is new.)  The aspiration of many reformers is that each and every young person will graduate…

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Why “Closing Achievement Gaps” Is Not Our Rallying Cry

on November 4th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

“Closing achievement gaps.”  It’s a catch phrase that has become the rallying cry for equity advocates; the vision that provides the impetus for many education policies, regulations, and programs. And it’s a catch phrase we are trying desperately not to use. In our work, we have found that the phrase…

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Reflections on Elementary School

on June 6th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

The last day of the 2010-11 academic year for my kids was four days ago.  It was a milestone day for both of my kids. My son finished his two years in junior high and is preparing to head into high school.  My daughter finished 6th grade, capping off her—and…

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Thank you, President Obama

on October 23rd, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

This week, President Obama issued a thoughtful, compassionate, and powerful video message speaking directly to young people experiencing difficulty because of their sexual orientation, or simply because they are different. As one of our staffmembers put it, “It’s a beautiful thing.” More information: Federal resources on anti-bullying GLSEN’s allies, including link…

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