Diversity and Equity

Who You Gonna Call? A Harvard Lecturer’s Quest for Equitable Class Participation – Education Article

Dan Levy had long considered himself an equitable instructor in terms of calling on students to participate in class discussions. So in 2014, the senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government decided to test that assumption. In spreadsheets, he manually recorded each interaction he had with students during discussion. The data disproved his belief: He’d only heard from female students around one-third of the time, even though they made up nearly half his class. “It…

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Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials – Education Article

About two-and-a-half years ago, staff at the nonprofit crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org began to notice an uptick in teacher requests for resources in which students could “see themselves”—that was the key phrase that kept coming up. That upward trend has continued: Since 2016, such requests have increased 117 percent. And DonorsChoose is taking note. On Thursday, the organization announced the launch of #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in U.S. classrooms. These include items like…

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Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educators’ Outcry – Education Article

After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was slated to hit Remind, a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.S., come February. On Monday, Remind notified its users, 7 million of whom are Verizon Wireless customers, that with the new fee hike, it would no longer be able to absorb the cost of…

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One Teacher’s Plan to Close Culture Gaps in Schools – Education Article

For most of my teaching career, I was the only teacher of color in my building. I once expressed to the principal my hope that she would be considering teachers of color as candidates for an opening in our English department. “They just don’t apply,” she told me resolutely. I didn’t bring it up again. I had also been closeted for most of my teaching career. While other teachers in the staff room talked about their husbands’ dentist appointments and…

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What a New College Board President Means for Students – Education Article

Change is afoot at the College Board. At first glance—and as of Thursday—the nonprofit is just reorganizing its leadership team: The president and chief executive, David Coleman, is now just CEO of the College Board, creating a vacancy so his chief operating officer, Jeremy Singer, can fill the position of president. But the shift at the top represents the first in a series of changes to come, Singer tells EdSurge. In his new position as president, Singer will have more…

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