It’s time for a brave conversation about the role racism has in perpetuating the disparities we’re working together to eliminate - and how we, as philanthropy, given our history of privilege and wealth - can be a more authentic partner with community to address healing and reconciliation in our world.
We examined philanthropy’s role in addressing structural racism from the inside out. We discussed both the progress philanthropy has made and challenges that remain. We also highlighted practices and strategies for improving as a field to advance equity within our communities.
One of the many insightful picket signs from the successful 2012 Chicago teachers' strike read, "together we bargain: alone we beg." That important lesson doesn't apply only to teachers, but to everyone who wants to improve their public schools.
In that spirit, several cities have developed community and labor partnerships that are working on collective community bargaining platforms for local change that goes beyond teacher salary and school day hours. These alliances translate into community power.
Early education funding, community schools, changing zero tolerance policies, and even banking foreclosure reform are among the issues community and labor groups are uniting around and scoring big wins. Across the country, parents, students and educators are discovering the power they have when they build a common vision and work together to make it a reality.
We discussed effective collaborations and strategies used by teachers unions and education justice groups led by parents, students and community members to achieve substantive outcomes for students and communities in Chicago. We also explored the broader implications for community and labor partnerships to address education reform, as well as the racial and economic justice issues that impact a student’s opportunity to learn.
In this webinar, “How to Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Girls of Color,” we were joined by Dr. Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, and Aishatu Yusuf, who is currently working on participatory research aimed at interrupting school-to-confinement pathways for girls.
High-stakes tests became a centerpiece of education reform under No Child Left Behind: countless fill-in-the-bubble sheets that could impact everything from a student's academic placement and a teacher’s employment to school climate and whether their school will be closed. But what’s the origin of standardized testing? What does the research show? What can standardized tests truly measure, and how are policymakers (mis)using them?
A week after the 2016 election, activists, policymakers, philanthropic leaders and scholars came together at the Boston Public Library to reflect and strategize how to pursue educational & social justice after Trump's victory.
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last year, an unprecedented level of autonomy and control has been given to states and districts in crafting education policy. Many organizations and advocates see a real opportunity to advance an equity agenda through ESSA's implementation: the law supports the planning and implementation of community schools with wraparound supports and pushes states to look beyond mere test scores when assessing student achievement.
The school-to-prison pipeline has been prominent in the education debate for the past several years, and youth, parents, teachers, and communities across the country have put questions of school discipline, restorative justice and implicit bias at the heart of their organizing work.
What will it take to ensure that all children have an opportunity to learn, regardless of their background or which school they attend?
The work of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado has long pointed out that the problems of inequity in public education aren’t just contained within our public schools, but also stem from larger structural issues in the community like unemployment, poverty, and disinvestment of public resources. These structural problems weigh down students and their schools in ways that more affluent communities rarely have to deal with — so what can we do to lift them up?
The Schott Foundation a webinar featuring our partner Dignity in Schools Campaign where participants:
- Explored the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights First Look Data
- Prepared advocates for upcoming release of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights district level data
- Shared potential strategies for how to use the data in organizing efforts at the local, state and federal level
- Described limitations of the data and places where those challenges are being discussed
Dozens of cities are gearing up for a demonstration of support for their public schools and the fight for the schools all our children deserve. On May 4, parents, students and educators will gather outside of their schools before the bell to hold a rally and march. Then they will walk into their schools together in a show of solidarity.
This is the second national walk-in event organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools — and the movement is growing! Earlier this year, 33 cities participated in the first national walk-in on February 17.
Tune in for an exclusive webinar on the issues facing public education and the organizing we can do to make sure all children have an opportunity to learn in a safe and well-funded public school. Learn about walk-ins happening near you on May 4 and how you can get involved.