Give Voice to New Possibilities and a Fairer Future this GivingTuesday

At this time of great change, GivingTuesday is a powerful reminder of our interdependence, our shared hopes, and the possibilities that collective action can unearth. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has become a way to elevate groundbreaking work in communities … Continued

Reframing Challenges: From Rut to River

Building Teacher Efficacy Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, rivers have special significance. The major tributaries are critically important to life in the entire Great Lakes region. They also mirror a metaphor offered by Elena Aguilar that has become a central focus for our Equity in Literacy Fellowship this year. What are Rut and River Stories? … Continued

Diverse Texts: Are We “Leveraging” Them or Squandering Them?

Making the case for diverse, complex texts This piece was originally published by Achieve the Core as part of their Peers and Pedagogy blog. Tina De La Fe is a Director of Content and Coaching at Leading Educators where she supports educators in West Michigan to advance equitable opportunity in the classroom. As an instructional … Continued

Bring Leading Educators to SXSW EDU 2023

Vote in PanelPicker® by August 21 How do you imagine student success? What do you believe all students need—and deserve—to be ready for the world that awaits them? We’re excited to offer two proposals for the Equity & Justice track at next year’s SXSW EDU that explore these ideas, but we need your help to make them … Continued

What might SCOTUS decisions mean for fair and just education?

Democracy Depends on Education The top of every summer brings two guarantees: summer vacation and SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) rulings. The latest round of SCOTUS rulings, which cover a range of civil rights issues and questions about the powers of states and the federal government, are likely to affect the communities we … Continued

We Owe Our Kids Safe Schools

Reflecting on the Tragedy in Uvalde, TX Why haven’t we stopped this already? School should be a place where childhood happens. At its best, it’s where kids discover what excites them. It’s where they make friends and where they start to become their fullest selves. All of this depends on safety. But for too long, … Continued

Why I Celebrate Black History

Black history is yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I am Black history. My late mother is Black history, and my children are Black history in the making.   In our home, we lead with our individual and collective power as a people. My children understand that what they do today will impact the Black children who have … Continued

Who Are We Waiting For?

Owning Dr. King’s Vision for Just Education Every year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day greets us with commemorations and carefully-worded statements. Organizations host days of service. And people with power quote “I Have A Dream”, even as they counter civil rights. Mere weeks later, we see this ritual play out again for the start of … Continued

2021: The Year of the Educator

Despite global uncertainty, real change is taking hold. We’ve seen our fair share of challenging times over a decade of service, but this year was unique. From school re-entry to teaching about racism, 2021 elevated public education as a top issue in the minds of the public. Facing this double-edged opportunity, teachers, families, and advocates … Continued

How Districts Can Expand Access to Literacy

How OUSD is using curricula and professional learning to deliver on community demands for change One clear lesson stands out from the global pandemic: too many students have long felt the impact of a society in need of change. As classroom walls dissolved overnight, the realities of teaching and learning were laid bare. In Oakland, … Continued

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