Why Is Public School Curriculum Still Whites Only?

Do an internet search for children’s books by or about people of color, and you will find dozens of lists with hundreds of books, including the 1,000 Black Girl Books compiled by 13-year old Marley Dias. In fact, if you search “children’s book author” together with any number of diverse ethnicities, in seconds you can […]

A Framework For Integration Rooted In Racial Justice

“I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply…We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. King’s remarks remain deeply relevant in today’s integration debate. His […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Photos of students in school hallway

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 […]

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 […]

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

Students

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 […]