Archive of Racial Equity

The New Jim Crow

on May 25th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Thank you, Deborah Meier, for being able and willing to reveal your own racism! As Meier tells Diane Ravitch in the blog they write to each other and willingly share with the world: I think I have fallen into the trap, too, when pointing out that the white poor face…

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What’s Missing from the Conversation?: The Trayvon Martin Shooting and Race

on March 27th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Yesterday morning as I prepared for work, I heard someone speak about the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin stating that he should have stayed with his father on that fateful night.  Last week, in the first public interview of Martin’s parents, on The Today Show, one of Matt Lauer’s…

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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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Why Teacher Diversity Matters

on November 23rd, 2011 in Blog by | 4 Comments

When I first became a teacher, honestly, I didn’t think race mattered.  As a child who grew up in single-parent, low-income household, when I first graduated college, I felt I was the “model” of the American Dream.  As a homeowner, mother, wife, college graduate, there were many reasons for why…

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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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University of Iowa to offer MFA in Spanish creative writing

on November 1st, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Beginning in Spring 2012 the University of Iowa will offer an Master of Fine Arts degree in Spanish creative writing. The new program is one of only three in the nation, with the others being the University of Texas, El Paso and New York University. The UI program director, Ana…

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The Myth of Meritocracy

on August 19th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

People who know me know that I have a healthy National Public Radio (NPR) addiction.  As of late, it has become a habit to tune in at work.  On Tuesday as I sat at my desk, On Point, a daily opinion call-in show, aired a segment, “Jobless in America” (http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/08/16/jobless-today-in-america).  …

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Portland School Board Adopts Racial Equity Policy

on June 27th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

On June 13, the Portland (Oregon) School Board voted unanimously to adopt a Racial Equity Policy for the district.  The Racial Equity Policy was supported by community and school leaders and, according to a district announcement, was met with applause during its first reading before the board on May 9….

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Africa in an Afternoon Hits Home

on June 15th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

I recently returned from my first trip beyond the borders of these United States. My son, who is 20, and I went to Spain with a couple of backpacks, a general idea of the cities we wanted to visit and no hotel or transportation reservations for the two weeks of…

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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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