The school systems in the United States have spent a lot of time and energy making sure things are equal. In today’s day and age of “everyone gets a trophy and don’t single any one out because it makes others feel bad,” what has happened
It’s time to challenge the status quo of K-12 education for historically marginalized students—English language learners (ELLs), students with disabilities, and speakers of other varieties of English—in regard to the role of academic language in learning. As a lifetime advocate of multilingualism, I know that
This is the second installment of a three-part blog series containing excerpts from the book Guiding Teams to Excellence With Equity. In the first blog post, author John Krownapple argued that we need more than equity mandates and compliance-based behaviors in order to reach excellence
How to Begin Your Journey to Become an Ally in the Battle for Social Justice
Like many of you, I am an educator who cares deeply about equity and I have worked hard to figure out what it means for educators to be allies in the
Our middle school ESL begins with the eighth graders arriving early at 1:25 pm. At 1:30, the seventh graders speed-walk in, followed by a burst of sixth graders who scramble to their seats. The students greet one another with daps and saludos in English and
Educational equity is about addressing a fundamental experience that has shaped our society—segregation. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education that schools in the United States needed to desegregate and begin integration of students. The Brown decision did set
On a cool October night, Mr. John and his staff called the students to take a seat around the campfire. The ingredients for s’mores were passed around as students reflected on the activities from the day.
Two months before the trip, Mr. John’s principal challenged her
This three-part blog series contains excerpts from the book Guiding Teams to Excellence With Equity. In chapter 1, author John Krownapple explores “the why” behind our need for excellence with equity, Cultural Proficiency, and culturally proficient facilitators of professional learning and organizational change.
Cultural Proficiency can
It’s 7:45am, and thirty-two 10th-graders slump into their seats for first period chemistry. The topic of the day—the period table—seems far removed from the students’ daily lives. “Some of my kids live day-to-day,” their teacher later told me. “And now they’re supposed to care about
This November, in the midst of a landmark election, we take a step back to remind ourselves of the ultimate priority in our schools: ensuring that every child receives an equitable education. As Equity editor Dan Alpert says, “Corwin believes that education is the primary