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Positive Impacts of the New Normal and Making Them Stick

Positive Impacts of the New Normal and Making Them Stick

I’m hoping things will be back to normal someday.”

 

Nine-year-old Sasha’s reflection in the New York Times echoes sentiments from many students, parents, and educators seeking a return to normalcy during the coronavirus pandemic. With thousands of public and private schools in the U.S. shuttering their doors, many schools transitioned to alternative operations seemingly overnight. “This has pushed us to adapt very quickly, and whether it’s mindset, disposition, or just resources, not everyone has been able to make the switch successfully,” Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Bridget Terry Long commented in a recent interview with The Brookings Institution. How schools and school systems are failing to meet the needs of millions of U.S. students during the pandemic currently dominates conversations in the education sector.

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Establishing A Vision Of Equity

Improving equity starts with a shared vision.

Generating that vision, though, presents unique challenges.

 

During a recent consultation with a large educational non-profit, I interviewed over twenty team members and asked the question, “How do you define equity?” A sampling of those responses illustrates that while everyone may validate the value of equity, significant nuance separates what equity means to different individuals.

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Two families — one black, one white — shared a harrowing history. Then they met. Slavery unexpectedly connected the Kings and the Beckers.

Dr. John B. King, Jr. gave a keynote presentation at the 2018 RIDES national conference that emphasized the need for an ongoing commitment to dismantling racism in our educational systems. King is the current President and CEO of the Education Trust and former United States Secretary of Education under President Barak Obama. Recently, reporter Ian Shapira of the New York Times wrote a story about the King family’s search for their historical roots. King discovered...

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Reflecting on the Stonewall Riots: 50 Years Later

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Reflecting on the Stonewall Riots: 50 Years Later

With the passing of Pride Month this year, we took time and space to reflect on the legacy of the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969, a New York City police raid targeted Stonewall Inn of Greenwich Village--one of few establishments catering to members of the LGBTQ community, including homeless youth, sex workers, and other marginalized groups....

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Leadership Transition: A Note from Prof. Lee Teitel

Colleagues –

I write today with some exciting leadership transition news concerning the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) project. First, let me start with a brief review of the RIDES work to date. We started RIDES 3 ½ years ago as a response to Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the societal forces that somehow made it a common and regular event for unarmed black and brown men to die at the hands of police. With startup support from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean’s Office, and a three year grant from the Walton...

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Serving & Partnering with Families

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We uplifted and centered student voices during last month’s Virtual Community Webinar. Not only is it key to involve students as partners and equity agents, but we need to also value the expertise that caregivers and families bring to the table. After all, they are the experts--parents are our first teachers.

Dr. Karen Mapp,...

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Supporting Immigrant & Undocumented Students

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Immigrant students and families across the country carry a diverse set of experiences and cultures within each of our school communities. In the past few years, we have been exposed to a barrage of xenophobic rhetoric in national public discourse, alongside alarming media coverage of abuses at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In addition, this administration’s sweeping policy...

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Alignment: Are We All on the Same Page?

By Amy Jiravisitcul

When engaging with diversity, equity, and inclusion across an organization, many professionals invoke the image of moving the needle, making gradual progress in small increments. However, organizations need to also consider whether all individuals, all departments, all stakeholders are using the same scale. 

Dr. Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell, Harvard Graduate School of Education professor, wrote about the...

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