Diversity

Education news, analysis, and opinion around school diversity, including racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, as well as coverage of gender diversity and LGBTQ issues
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Curriculum District That Banned Diverse Books Reverses Its Decision After Pushback
A Pennsylvania district voted unanimously to reinstate a four-page list of resources from some of today's most acclaimed creators of color.
Tina Locurto, The York Dispatch, Pa., September 21, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Reported Essay What the Indian Caste System Taught Me About Racism in American Schools
Born and raised in India, reporter Eesha Pendharkar isn’t convinced that America’s anti-racist efforts are enough to make students of color feel like they belong.
Eesha Pendharkar, September 14, 2021
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Equity & Diversity From Our Research Center What Do Teachers Think About Discussing Racism in Class? We Asked Them
The new nationally representative EdWeek Research Center survey also asked educators whether they believe systemic racism exists.
Ileana Najarro, June 16, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Could School Resegregation Drive White Students to Become Democrats as Adults?
A researcher tracked the political affiliation of adults who graduated from high schools where court-ordered desegregation was lifted.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 4, 2021
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Outdoor education teacher Mark Savage challenges his students with a game in class at Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine on April 30, 2021.
Outdoor education teacher Mark Savage challenges his students with a game in class at Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine in April.
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Equity & Diversity Why Two Superintendents of Mostly White Districts Are Actively Fighting Anti-Black Racism
Predominantly white school districts across the country have started addressing systemic racism in the classroom, but not every district is doing it, and those who are brace for backlash.
Eesha Pendharkar, May 7, 2021
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Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
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Equity & Diversity Data The 'Dramatic' Demographic Shifts Reshaping Suburban Schools: 7 Key Data Points to Know
A new analysis by the EdWeek Research Center shows sharp declines in white enrollment in suburban schools.
Xinchun Chen, Yukiko Furuya, Alex Harwin & Benjamin Herold, March 17, 2021
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Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
Despite a rapid explosion of suburban developments over the last 20 years, beef, grain and produce farms continue to operate near many schools in Chandler, Ariz., as seen on March 3, 2021.
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Equity & Diversity Suburban Public Schools Are Now Majority-Nonwhite. The Backlash Has Already Begun
Fierce fights over equity and inclusion have followed steep drops in white enrollment across America's suburban public schools.
Benjamin Herold, March 17, 2021
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Law & Courts Lawsuit Challenges Admissions Changes Meant to Boost Diversity at Acclaimed High School
The suit says the plan for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia will hurt Asian-American enrollment
Mark Walsh, March 10, 2021
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Former professional football player John Urschel, the author of the New York Times bestseller <i>Mind and Matter:  A Life in Math and Football</i>, is making it his mission to encourage more students of color to enter STEM fields.
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Future of Work Q&A How to Get More Students of Color Into STEM: Tackle Bias, Expand Resources
Mathematician and former National Football League player John Urschel on what it will take to see more students of color in STEM careers.

Kevin Bushweller, March 2, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Using Cultural Knowledge for Equity: A Series
How can you make instruction work for children of color? The equity team of an Oregon district shares research and experience.
February 11, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion When History Class Feels Like Propaganda: A Student's Perspective
Black history is treated as a separate concept from American and world history, but it shouldn’t be, writes high schooler Lauryn Donovan.
Lauryn Donovan, January 29, 2021
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School & District Management Why School Board Diversity Matters
Most school boards don’t look the students they serve, but new research suggests that must change.
Christina A. Samuels, November 17, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Training Bias Out of Teachers: Research Shows Little Promise So Far
There's no evidence that anti-bias training on its own stops discrimination, and it may backfire if used as a Band-Aid for racism.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 17, 2020
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Student Achievement Opinion How to Really Close Opportunity Gaps During Our National Racial Reckoning
"Colorblind" teaching isn’t going to cut it, writes Vanderbilt University’s H. Richard Milner IV.
H. Richard Milner IV, October 22, 2020
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