Equity & Access

Preparing to Reopen: Six Principles That Put Equity at the Core – Education Article

“This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country’s deep-seated problems from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic healthcare for people who need it. It’s woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things don’t work. … Because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generation’s world to shape.” Former President Barack Obama, Graduate…

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Getting Through: Being An Equity-Focused Leader – Education Article

By: Dedy Fauntleroy Every year I give my staff a survey about my leadership that asks two simple questions: What should I keep doing? What should I stop doing? What this survey lacks in specificity it compensates with unexpected gems unearthed by open-ended questions. But I have never included the word equity in this annual survey. So, in light of unprecedented leadership challenges, I tried using a version of this simple survey to self-reflect about the ways in which I…

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The Superhero Schools of Philadelphia – Education Article

By: Chris Unger Much like Tom Vander Ark, wherever I go I make sure to visit the schools that are “doing school” differently. Upon visiting Philly recently, I was so moved by the schools I visited that I felt compelled to share what I saw, particularly because they were all working to simultaneously address the challenges of poverty their students were growing up in and providing them with the kind of authentic, agency-oriented learning practices more often seen in the…

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The Evolving Role of School Scheduling – Education Article

By: Erin Werra School leaders are often looked up to as agents of change. One big example of polarizing change is the school schedule, whether it’s annual, daily, or some combination of the two. After all, what is more cherished than the end of the school year, looking forward to a sizzling summer break over the next three months? For seasoned educators, those three months signal a future challenge of combating learning loss. Other challenges pop up when creating a…

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Improving Organizational Culture: Discovering Your Core Strengths – Education Article

We believe that a positive organizational culture can take an organization from good to great. Given the importance of developing healthy leadership and organizations, we have been sharing a few of the tips our team has learned over the years. In our last post, we discussed the importance of finding your personal and organizational why. This is a great reflection exercise for teams to do to keep ever present the reasons why they are embarking upon their work. Reaffirming why…

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Podcast: Nick Donohue on Promoting Racial Equity & Fighting Personal, Institutional and Structural Racism – Education Article

This week, the Getting Smart team is bringing you an episode with Nick Donohue, the CEO and President of Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Nick went from teacher to trainer to Deputy Commissioner, then to Commissioner in New Hampshire. A dozen years ago, Nick took over the Nellie Mae Education Foundation where he developed a strategy focused on student-centered learning. The team’s focus on personalized learning, student agency, progress on mastery, and anywhere-anytime learning was about 10 years ahead of the…

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