Articulating a Strength-Based Agenda of Advocacy for Young Immigrant Children and Families

What would it mean to view young immigrant children and their families through lenses of strength, courage, promise, and possibility, instead of deficit, need, risk, and remediation? What if we, as educators, administrators, curriculum developers, policymakers, researchers, and activists, conducted our work on behalf of and with immigrant children and families with creativity, curiosity, and […]

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 Reform elite high schools, but the real equity fight is much broader

At long last, the big policy issues related to race, educational equity and access in New York’s public schools are finally on the front burner. However, despite the attention, many of the most important issues remain obscured. Mayor de Blasio’s decision to revise the admission criteria used by New York’s top ranked exam schools has […]

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 The Costs of Equity, The Bill We Refuse to Pay: Why Integrating NYC’s Specialized High Schools Is the Right Thing to Do?

On Saturday, June 2nd, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to “fix” the “diversity problem” plaguing the city’s specialized high schools. The plan by no measure is perfect, but I do believe that it can move us closer to equity in a system vexed by concentrations of privilege and the violence […]

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 Civic Education for a Civil Society

Martin Luther King, Jr. famously wrote about the critical linkage between intellectual rigor and personal character in an essay titled, “The Purpose of Education.” He argued that a true and complete education must go beyond the traditional areas of scholarship. Here’s how Dr. King put it: “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, […]

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 Teacher Leadership and Advocacy for Policy, Equity, & Justice

“We’re fired up! Can’t take it no more!” This, one of the energizing rally cries for many of us who have taken to the streets to demand change, is what comes to mind when we think about the wave of recent teacher strikes, walkouts, and demonstrations across the country. The list of places where teachers […]

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 Fighting Our Fear With Valor: A Powerful Lesson From A High School Student on How to Transform Schools

Fear is a dangerous thing. It is the source of everyone’s problems. Many people in society are afraid of being at the bottom of the hierarchy. It’s a constant battle to be at an equal level with anyone else because those who believe themselves to be superior always disempower others. This is just putting it […]

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