Equity Matters: In Learning, for Life

The Equity Alliance Mission

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The Equity Alliance Mission is to promote access, participation and positive outcomes for all students by engaging educational stakeholders, reframing and advancing the discourse on educational equity and transforming public education, locally, nationally and internationally.

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    Survey the field of education for the current issues that affect educational equity. Receive updated information about teaching, leading, and empowering culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Critically synthesize and create knowledge.


    Produce knowledge that informs, challenges and reframes educational discourse towards equitable approaches to education for all.


    Collaborate with community and partners at ASU and a national and international audience through our growing listserv and programmatic activities such as the Equity Alliance Blog. We engage and disseminate our products on educational equity through social media to engage in participation as an organization. 


Transform educational systems by disseminating knowledge that transforms readers toward longstanding equity as it relates to ALL students, including culturally and linguistically diverse students and their communities for praxis.


Programmatic Activities

Our blog is a tool for e-learning.  It is designed to translate research, take everyday experiences, and uncover their multiple meanings to create accessible and useful information for news organizations, families, community members, and practitioners.  Our blog should challenge accepted assumptions and practices and inspire readers to futher discussion and action.  Each blog should engage readers in new ways of thinking and acting to educate all students.

The book series explores one of the most pressing needs in the field of special and general education—how to educate minoritized learners with disabilities—and will help readers to understand how this goal is fundamental to achieving equity for all learners.  Click here to see a list of all the published titles in the book series. Interested in submitting a proposal?  Contact Lorena.Quinones@asu.edu.  Submission guidelines for all authors can be found here.   

This interdisciplinary study examined the contextual factors that contribute to the educational paradox that exists between persistent racial disparities in educational outcomes, a policy framework that aims to provide equal opportunity and access to high quality intervention services, and persistent racial disproportionality in special education. Utilizing mixed methods, this study focused on how historical, social, and economic factors within school districts may affect the implementation and ultimate success of policy in reducing racialized outcomes in education. 

These initiatives aim to produce knowledge and advance our understanding of inclusive education across spaces and times. We feature here the various projects that we and our partners have conducting on inclusive education around the world. The most recent outcome is an open-access publication entitled, Keeping the promise? Contextualizing inclusive education in developing countries


Equity Alliance Blog

November 1, 2017

I began fifteen years ago to work on safe schools issues by founding a local GLSEN chapter to create inclusive schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students....

July 3, 2017

We heard a knock at the door. “Come in!” we exclaimed. James, our first interviewee, walked, opened the door, and peered his head into the conference room. “Hi, Dr. Muñoz and Gaye, am I too early?” James asked. “No, not at all!” James placed his forest green...

May 2, 2017

For decades, scholars and practitioners have tried to untangle language acquisition processes from common educational disabilities (e.g., Artiles & Trent, 1994). The ramifications of misinterpreting or ignoring the relations of language learning and academic development can be life...

Cueponcaxochitl D. Moreno Sandoval
April 12, 2017

My grandmothers’ teachings ground much of my worldview and actions as a scholar educator. A common thread in these teachings is the intimate interdependence with the cycles of Mother Earth. Similarly, “Protector of the trees” Ilan Shamir (2016) authored “Advice from a Tree” that inspired an...

March 15, 2017

This blog identifies rumors in the discourse used in educational research and spaces that have been accepted as truths and explanations for the conditions under which many students’ lives are determined, counted, or explained.  Our use of rumors was influenced by our reading of...

David Berliner
March 2, 2017

For many years I have been writing about the lies told about the poor performance of our students and the failure of our schools and teachers. Journalists and politicians are often our nations’ most irritating commentators about the state of American education because they have access to the...

Beth Harry
February 24, 2017

In special education, comprehensible information about the overrepresentation of minority students has, for decades, been available and accessible to researchers and practitioners, courtesy of the Office for Civil Rights and, in more recent years, the Office for Special Education Programs. This...

November 14, 2016

“Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.” – Alice Walker

Youth do not live in a vacuum. Their daily lives take place in a matrix of oppositional ideologies, educational models, and acts of...

Kathleen King Thorius
October 26, 2016

A few weeks ago, a Black student in one of my graduate seminars came to meet with me for office hours. He had a lot on his mind as a special education teacher in a local urban middle school, not the least of which was something that had happened that day. One of his Latino students with a dis/...

October 21, 2016

The Black Lives Matter movement has galvanized people throughout the US to speak up about systemic racism and the devastating impact of mass incarceration on communities of color. Civil disobedience and mass protest since Ferguson have generated needed media attention to the persistence of...

August 12, 2016

It will come as no surprise to most educators that improving underperforming schools is complex work, yet state and federal policymakers are only beginning to recognize this reality. As a result of the limited success under recent accountability policies, some scholars, including the two of us,...