We continue to learn from research and from working with our partners about policy, perception, and practice. But we believe that no matter where you begin the work toward integration it’s important to see—and maintain—the connections among all three.
Interconnected Action Areas
Reimagining integration means working to change perception, policy, and practice because the three are interdependent. For example, without a consensus on the value of integration for diverse stakeholders—including people of color who have had mixed or negative experiences in desegregated schools—it is hard to mobilize governments and communities to create incentives that support diversity. And without shared experiences of integration done well, it is hard to change the conversation about its value. As you delve into these resources, we hope you find it useful to keep this interconnectedness in mind.
“I love the experience of working with RIDES. It has been a great opportunity to advance our own equity work. RIDES tools and approaches have helped us deepen the way we engage students in that work and bring it into more schools.”
—Dr. Matt Conway, Superintendent
Derby, CT Public Schools