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 […]

Advancing Equity Within and Across a System

Pencil and Paper

Much of the work of NYU Metro Center includes providing technical assistance and professional development to schools and districts around the country. This work is grounded in advancing equity and racial justice. Thus, over decades of practice-to-research and engaged evaluation work, NYU Metro Center has found a number of approaches most effective at shifting policies, […]

A Unique Opportunity for Integration, Inclusion, and Equity

Washington Square Park

The gentrification of urban neighborhoods across the country has attracted notice since at least the 1970s. However, in the most recent decade in the “return to the cities,” gentrification has become much more common. By some estimates, since 2000 nearly 20 percent of neighborhoods in the 50 largest cities have experienced gentrification. In many of […]

Until the Bright Day of Justice Emerges: Reclaiming Dr. King and the Imagination that Gave Birth to a Dream

Student Learning

Each year on the Monday of (or immediately following) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, many in our nation and, undeniably, throughout the globe gather to commemorate the story of freedom for which Dr. King lived and the dream of justice for which he died. We are bombarded, though only for a season, with the permissive […]

Marching Closer to Our North Stars: Notes on Education for Liberation

Too many of us educators have been given a pass in relation to our obligation to help end the suffering of hurting women, men, and children languishing across the globe. Their screams to us for justice are shrilling, piercing through the night air like the shadows of bullets cutting through Black and Brown flesh—innocent people […]

Data for Black Lives talks Education Justice

The inaugural Data for Black Lives convening brought together community organizers, researchers, and community members to discuss issues, strategize, and build plans to create and present data to serve organizing efforts for racial justice. The convening was a huge success, with large plenaries attended by hundreds of people in person and many more on livestream, […]

Unmasking the Linguistic Policing of Black and Brown Children in Today’s Schools: A Call to Action

Make no mistake: Black and Brown students are “stopped and frisked” relentlessly in schools for their linguistic and cultural identities.1 It is not hyperbole to assert that they are under linguistic surveillance. Many well-intentioned teachers in today’s schools enact pedagogies that dishonor Black and Brown students’ heritage languages, and I attribute this to an unflagging […]

Prototype: Colin Kaepernick, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Treatment of Black Boys and Men

On Friday, September 22, 2017, in a last-ditch effort to support Republican Senator Robert Strange (who currently occupies the senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions), the U.S. president asked a crowd of Alabama on-lookers if they would “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that […]

#BlackLivesMatter, Schooling, and The Miseducation of White People

Many of us laughed (sometimes nervously) and cringed while watching Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. This fictional horror movie depicts a young Black man who goes with his White girlfriend to her family home for a weekend. What ensues is sheer revelation. It is here that we catch a glimpse at what it means […]