Archive of Equity

West Wind and Diversity Focus to Partner for Educational Equity

on July 22nd, 2014 in Blog by | 9 Comments

West Wind Education Policy and Diversity Focus announce a new partnership, The Creative Corridor Center for Equity. We invite you to collaborate with us! Our communities have experienced tumultuous change in the past decade as our population has diversified, we weathered the 500-year flood, and we strive to bring 21st…

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The Burden

on May 6th, 2013 in Blog by | 2 Comments

Last weekend I was reminded of the care and caution needed with raising young Black men. My sons have been involved with a local Boy Scout troop for the last five years.  My eldest joined the scout troop at the beginning of sixth grade and my younger two sons followed…

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Recognizing Talent

on April 5th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

This year, my youngest son was admitted into the district Extended Learning Program (ELP), a program for students identified as gifted and talented.  Almost immediately upon hearing the news, he remarked, “Wow…I’m the smartest Nyberg, besides you and Dad, of course.”  Ever since then, I’ve wondered about the messages we…

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Creating Risk

on December 23rd, 2011 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Minnesota state officials recently released the Minnesota Readiness Study showing that children of color and children who live in poverty are “less likely to be considered ready for kindergarten”[1] than their White and middle class counterparts.  As we try to understand, I want to focus attention on the notion of…

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Thank You to All Our Para-Professionals

on July 7th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Last month my mother, Sherry Bozarth, retired from 18 years in the Oklahoma public school system.   She took a position in the school cafeteria when I was in junior high so that she would have the same schedule as my sister and I – and, I suspect, so that she…

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Keeping the American Indian Education Truths Alive

on May 26th, 2011 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Since Osama bin Laden was killed nearly one month ago, many details about the mission have been unveiled. One particular story, which brings awareness to the “inappropriateness” of coding Osama bin Laden as “Geronimo,”[1] is a relevant and current reminder to the prevalence American Indians have as a thread of…

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