Tag: equity

Beyond Crises: Imagining Families and Communities

The recent shootings of Asian Americans and whether these will be considered hate crimes, tornadoes ravaging the Southwest and elsewhere, and fears of uncertain variants of the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the news during the writing of this piece. Crises, unfortunately, are not new to us. As educators, along with feeling deeply troubled by these, we have had a tendency...

After Whiteness

From the canon to hiring practices to the classroom, we would be speaking about an entirely different field of English language teaching (ELT) if Whiteness were no longer centered, and although we are years of hard work away from this possibility, any calls for...

“Who You Be?”: Welcoming in the Language of Critical Love

And I love myself(The world is a ghetto with big guns and picket signs)I love myself(But it can do what it want whenever it want, I don't mind)I love myself–Kendrick Lamar, “I” How do educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students create space for them...

Pre-K Quality Stalls in NYC

Family taking a walk down NYC street
Young children from low-income New York City families—many of them Black and Latinx—face continued disadvantages resulting from lower-quality preschools despite the mayor’s program to close racial disparities in early learning, says a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Early childhood education...

Cardona Stresses Equity in Rescue Funding

Kids in class with masks, raising their hands.
As the Department of Education releases $122 billion directly to states as part of the American Rescue Plan, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is encouraging states to make sure students who have been hit hardest by COVID-19 are provided with the resources and support they need.  American Rescue Plan funds can be used by SEAs and school districts to...

Ed Fest 2021: Through Adversity WE Are Stronger Together

The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE) are hosting a free four-day virtual event March 9-12, 2021 to highlight accomplishments of the past year and set the stage to tackle top education issues in the year ahead. The conference, “Ed Fest 2021: Through Adversity WE Are Stronger Together,” takes...

Poetry in Motion

Poetry has been written and celebrated both as artistic expression and as a form of civil disobedience.Some overarching questions to consider include, how do these poems disturb what could be perceived as peace? How do they address issues of resistance, equity, and acceptance? More importantly, how do they instill confidence and value in one’s culture and language? SAY MY NAME ...

Parting Blow to Fair Federal Funding

Department of Justice sign, Washington DC, USA.
According to The New York Times and The Washington Post, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to do away with the disparate impact rule when it comes to federal funding approvals in the last days of the Trump administration.   The DOJ has reportedly submitted for presidential approval a change to how it enforces Title VI of the Civil...

Leading and Learning

As debilitating as many of the events of 2020 have been, as we end the year, more recent events have proved that we have persevered and are moving in a positive direction despite these obstacles. The senseless killings of Black and Brown men and...

Using Data to Pick up the Pieces of the Puzzle

It is Tuesday morning; I am at my desk that is smothered by books, research, sticky notes, and who knows what else. I am on another call with one of our dual-language (DL) leaders whose words are tinged with sheer overwhelm that refuses to stay underneath the surface. It was the sixth call from a DL leader since Monday. For...
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