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Equity & Diversity Here's How the Pandemic Changed School Discipline
Students were suspended less frequently but Black, poor, and disabled students were punished at higher rates after the pandemic.
Eesha Pendharkar, November 28, 2022
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School & District Management How to Recruit and Retain School Board Members of Color
Pay, staffing, and support are key ingredients to persuade people of color to run for their local school board, experts say.
Eesha Pendharkar, November 22, 2022
5 min read
Members of the 101st Airborne Division take up positions outside Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 26, 1957. A plan to only grant Little Rock partial control of its schools is drawing complaints that the district may further segregate 62 years after nine black students were escorted into an all-white high school, and a push to end the local teachers union's bargaining power is stirring fears of even more instability.
Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 26, 1957, the year nine black students, escorted by the National Guard, integrated the school.
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Equity & Diversity Q&A How Is White Supremacy Embedded in School Systems Today? A Scholar Explains
John Diamond, a professor of sociology and education policy at Brown University, discusses how educators can make schools more equitable.
Ileana Najarro, November 3, 2022
8 min read
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Equity & Diversity Safe Space or Segregation? Affinity Groups for Teachers, Students of Color
See what affinity groups are and why they're coming under fire.
Eesha Pendharkar, November 2, 2022
6 min read
Members of the NAACP Youth and College division rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices heard oral arguments on two cases on whether colleges and universities can continue to consider race as a factor in admissions decisions Oct. 31, 2022.
Members of the NAACP Youth and College division rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear oral arguments on whether colleges and universities can continue to consider race as a factor in admissions.
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Law & Courts As a Skeptical Supreme Court Weighs Race in College Admissions, 'Brown' Looms Large
The cases heard Monday involve Harvard and the University of North Carolina, but a decision could be felt in K-12 education.
Mark Walsh, October 31, 2022
8 min read
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Law & Courts 4 Things to Know About the Affirmative Action Showdown Before the Supreme Court
The justices on Monday weigh the use of race in admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, with K-12 implications.
Mark Walsh, October 28, 2022
9 min read
Jose Dotres, a candidate for Miami-Dade County schools superintendent, takes part in a public interview before the Florida district's school board in January.
Jose Dotres, a candidate for Miami-Dade County schools superintendent, takes part in a public interview before the Florida district's school board in January.
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School & District Management Nearly Two-Thirds of School Board Members Set to Step Down, Survey Finds
An advocacy group's report says the expected turnover provides an opportunity to create more diverse school boards.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 20, 2022
5 min read
Asian male student in classroom with head in hand doing desk work.
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Equity & Diversity How Teachers Can Break Down Stereotypes of Asian American Students
Researchers offer takeaways on what educators need to be aware of when working with Asian American and Pacific Islander students.
Ileana Najarro, October 20, 2022
5 min read
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center How Issues Like Race, Sex, Politics Resonate With Educators, in Charts
EdWeek Research Center data show how debates over cultural issues in the classroom have impacted educators.
Libby Stanford, October 19, 2022
5 min read
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Teaching Profession Educators Are Deeply Conflicted on Teaching Heated Cultural Issues, Survey Finds
There's fear of retribution for teaching about topics like race, gender, and sexuality, an Education Week survey shows.
Libby Stanford, October 19, 2022
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Law & Courts Legal Challenges to 'Divisive Concepts' Laws: an Update
Since last year, four states have seen eight lawsuits challenging "divisive concepts" laws.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 17, 2022
6 min read
Superintendent Devon Horton speaks to the employees of District 65 during a convocation at Quad Sports Arena on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 in Evanston, Ill.
A new anti-racist teacher residency program launched in 2021 by Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton, pictured at the microphone during an August meeting, highlights the staffing needs and challenges schools increasingly face.
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Recruitment & Retention Improving the Preparation Pipeline for Black Teachers: 5 Ideas From Experts
From acknowledging history to rethinking licensure requirements, five experts suggest ways to improve America's pipeline for Black teachers.
Benjamin Herold, October 11, 2022
7 min read
Evanston, IL - August 24: Teacher DarLisa Himrod poses for a portrait in her classroom for ages 3-5 at Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Evanston, Ill. Nimrod previously worked with ages 0-3 and completed a yearlong residency to receive her teaching certification.
After one of the most challenging years of her life, DarLisa Himrod landed a position as a certified preschool special education teacher at the Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center in Evanston, Ill.
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Recruitment & Retention A New Teacher at 50: Inside the Struggle to Rebuild America's Black Teaching Workforce
A suburban Chicago school district was desperate to hire more teachers of color and root out racism. Enter DarLisa Himrod.
Benjamin Herold, October 11, 2022
25 min read
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Equity & Diversity Atlanta District Drafts a Policy to Carry Out State's 'Divisive Concepts' Law
Legal experts say the policy balances state requirements with protecting students' and teachers' rights to discuss race in class.
Eesha Pendharkar, October 11, 2022
6 min read

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