Archive of Systems Change

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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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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What We Are Doing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

on January 17th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983 legislation was signed declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In 1994 Congress designated MLK Day as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, a…

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Seeing Through and Beyond

on April 2nd, 2012 in Blog by | 2 Comments

I just opened an email from a colleague asking me if I could help her find an article she needed for her work with local district administrators across the state. She was looking for The Singular Power of One Goal (Sparks, 1999) to encourage superintendents and principals to consider the…

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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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Instructional Rounds: A Powerful Reform Strategy

on September 29th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Collaboration, networking, school improvement, instructional support, a collaborative learning culture, knowledge building, and rigorous and relevant teaching—these are all attributes and practices school reformers strive for by awarding funds, promulgating rules, instituting strategic plans, launching training initiatives, and extending promises to stakeholders. One approach that truly advances all of these…

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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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Fullan Challenges Reformers to Think About Whole System Reform

on May 16th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

The aspiration to “close the gap” in test scores between students of color and whites has been the focus of public policy makers for some time.  Policy makers have established the expectation that schools must do more to ensure that all students of every income, race/ethnicity, language background, and disability…

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SCEE National Summit on Educator Effectiveness

on May 9th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Two weeks ago, several West Wind Education Policy Inc. staff were in Washington, D.C. to lead the inaugural SCEE National Summit on Educator Effectiveness, Transforming State Systems for the Future.  SCEE, the State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness, was convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in the…

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