Equity & Diversity Series

Beyond Bias: Countering Stereotypes in School

This yearlong series will examine efforts to recognize and overcome discrimination in schools.
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Equity & Diversity Commentary Black Girls and School Discipline: Four Researchers Unpack K-12's Racial Bias (Videos)
In four videos, education researchers discuss their perspectives on the criminalizing of black girls in American schools, including by school resource officers.
June 2, 2016
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School Climate & Safety Commentary Q&A With Monique W. Morris: How K-12 Schools Push Out Black Girls
Monique W. Morris, author and researcher, discusses the plight of black girls, who are disproportionately turned out of K-12 schools.
May 31, 2016
13 min read
Students Rafael Silva-Miranda, Francisco Castillo, Francisco Martinez, and Cristopher Huerta, left to right, greet one another at Woodburn High School in Woodburn, Ore. The district has the highest Hispanic graduation rate in the state.
Students Rafael Silva-Miranda, Francisco Castillo, Francisco Martinez, and Cristopher Huerta, left to right, greet one another at Woodburn High School in Woodburn, Ore. The district has the highest Hispanic graduation rate in the state.
NashCO for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Oregon's 'Equity Lens' Frames Schools' Take on Bias
The 5-year-old document is a public recognition of how race and ethnicity play out in students' educational outcomes, and a call to narrow achievement gaps.
Denisa R. Superville, May 31, 2016
8 min read
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Melody Newcomb for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Commentary Policing Girls of Color in Schools
School resource officers and the schools they serve require a culture shift to reduce the discipline rates of girls of color, writes Rebecca Epstein.
Rebecca Epstein, May 31, 2016
5 min read
Special Education Are There Too Few Minority Students in Special Education?
Research triggers a debate on whether students of color are underrepresented—or overrepresented—in special education classes.
Christina A. Samuels, May 31, 2016
8 min read
A federal civil rights investigation was prompted last year by video of a Spring Valley High School security officer forcibly removing a student from her chair after she refused to leave her class in Columbia, S.C.
A federal civil rights investigation was prompted last year by video of a Spring Valley High School security officer forcibly removing a student from her chair after she refused to leave her class in Columbia, S.C.
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Law & Courts School Civil Rights Took Spotlight Under Obama
The number of civil rights complaints and investigations spiked dramatically during the Obama administration.
Evie Blad, May 31, 2016
9 min read
Equity & Diversity Principals Share Advice on Addressing Racial Bias in Schools
In two audio interviews, principals of color talk with Education Week about how they address bias and cultural competence within their schools.
February 17, 2016
Equity & Diversity 'You Come Out Because You Can't Not': A Gay Teacher's Perspective (Video)
High school writing teacher Patty Smith discusses the importance of building an LGBT-inclusive school community.
February 17, 2016
Elizabeth Self, a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, monitors a clinical simulation that she designed to help preservice teachers develop cultural sensitivity. As part of the simulations, education students work with actors who play the roles of students or parents. The interactions are recorded and can be viewed in real time from another room.
Elizabeth Self, a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, monitors a clinical simulation that she designed to help preservice teachers develop cultural sensitivity. As part of the simulations, education students work with actors who play the roles of students or parents. The interactions are recorded and can be viewed in real time from another room.
Joe Buglewicz for Education Week
School & District Management For Preservice Teachers, Lessons on Cultural Sensitivity
New efforts aim to head off teacher biases by running preservice students through simulations or embedding them in urban neighborhoods.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 16, 2016
9 min read
Chrissell Rhone speaks with Gage Harrison, a student at the Picayune Center for Alternative Education in Picayune, Miss. After teaching for 10 years in a school system with an ample supply of black teachers, Rhone is now the only African-American teacher in his workplace.
Chrissell Rhone speaks with Gage Harrison, a student at the Picayune Center for Alternative Education in Picayune, Miss. After teaching for 10 years in a school system with an ample supply of black teachers, Rhone is now the only African-American teacher in his workplace.
Edmund D. Fountain for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Black Male Teachers a Dwindling Demographic
African-American men like Chrissell Rhone make up just 2 percent of U.S. teachers and, for many of them, school can be a lonely place.
Corey Mitchell, February 16, 2016
7 min read
Equity & Diversity Illustration: Microaggressions in the Classroom
Microaggressions—subtle slights based on stereotypes about a person's race, gender, or socioeconomic status—can be obvious and hurtful to the person receiving them, but unintended and unnoticed by the person saying them.
October 28, 2015
TARGETED SUPPORT: Michael V. Walker, bottom left, the director of Minneapolis schools' Office of Black Male Student Achievement, greets students before the group heads into a college fair. A growing number of urban districts are creating special offices to address educational disparities.
<b>TARGETED SUPPORT:</b> Michael V. Walker, bottom left, the director of Minneapolis schools' Office of Black Male Student Achievement, greets students before the group heads into a college fair. A growing number of urban districts are creating special offices to address educational disparities.
Courtney Perry for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Minneapolis' Anti-Bias Efforts Focus on Black Males
Michael V. Walker's job has a singular purpose: keeping the school system's black male students on a positive academic track.
Denisa R. Superville, October 27, 2015
6 min read
Jeremy Gabrieo and his daughter Gabriel River browse at the book fair at Mt. Rainier Elementary School in Maryland. Earlier, Gabrieo attended a breakfast and lecture for the Men of Mt. Rainier, a group made up of the parents and guardians of children at the school. The school has been working with a nonprofit to reach out to more parents.
Jeremy Gabrieo and his daughter Gabriel River browse at the book fair at Mt. Rainier Elementary School in Maryland. Earlier, Gabrieo attended a breakfast and lecture for the Men of Mt. Rainier, a group made up of the parents and guardians of children at the school. The school has been working with a nonprofit to reach out to more parents.
Justin T. Gellerson for Education Week
Families & the Community Schools Enlist Parents to Bridge Cultural Barriers
Newer efforts to bring families of minority students into the classroom are eye-opening for both parents and teachers.
Caralee J. Adams, October 27, 2015
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Classroom Biases Hinder Students' Learning
Subtle, everyday biases in the nation's classrooms pose major obstacles to academic success for low-income students and students of color.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 27, 2015
7 min read

Vol. 35, Issue 04