Equity Alliance Blog

By David Osher & Jill Young, May 4, 2020

All humans deserve to thrive—socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, economically, and spiritually. Equity in thriving has been contested and denied in the U.S. since the first Europeans arrived. Not only has opportunity been limited, but so has the conceptualization of what equity is and how it can be supported. While this was...

By Hui-Ling S. Malone, Julian Giordano, Kay Galarza, Monique Carter, & Demiana Rizkalla, April 20, 2020

When asked, “How does it feel to be you in school?” a Black 16-year-old male student answered, “I feel imprisoned in school. I wish I didn’t have to stand in line to be searched to get into school and then be held to a strict code as to what I have to do during the day. I wish the teachers would help us in our individual learning styles rather...

By Erica Frankenberg, March 10, 2020

In April 2019, the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing about the legacy of school integration efforts and the federal government’...

By Laura Wray-Lake, February 11, 2020

Some policymakers in the United States are considering whether the right to vote should be extended to 16 and 17 year olds. This policy would enfranchise millions of adolescents per year, including very large proportions of youth of color and youth from immigrant families...

By Angela E. Arzubiaga, December 2, 2019

The education of unaccompanied minors calls for transformative educators and policies. A question we need to continuously ask is whether we want to train minors so they are apprenticed into servitude,[1] or do...

Mercedes Cannon
By Mercedes Cannon, November 25, 2019

As an associate director of a disability office in higher education, I have had the pleasure of meeting various students with disabilities or labeled with dis/abilities...

Judit Moschokovich
By Judit Moschkovich, October 11, 2019

English learners (ELs) are currently about five million students in the U.S. If we want these students to have access to equitable math instructionwe need to first move past deficit views of those learners and contradict common sense notions of what they need. Research suggests that EL instruction that supports student...

Carrie Sampson
By Carrie Sampson, August 26, 2019

School boards are the epitome of local U.S. politics. With more than 90,000 members governing nearly 13,000 school districts, school boards represent millions of constituents. In many ways, we entrust these policymakers with our children’s education. Yet, the question remains: Should we trust that school board members have the best interest of...

Mildred Bovea
By Mildred Boveda, May 17, 2019

I distinctly remember coming across Joaquin’s Dilemma, by Pedro Noguera, when I was a special education teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I was struck by the title of his analysis of the racialization of school-related behaviors. It was the first time I...

Tiffany S. Kyser
By Tiffany S. Kyser, March 13, 2019

In the U.S., discipline policies—in both creation and enforcement—result in re-segregated learning environments [1], the inequitable penalization of marginalized students [2], and limited access to learning [3] for historically marginalized students. Research demonstrates harsh discipline has significant financial costs on our economy [4] and...

By Valerie N. Adams-Bass and Riana Elyse Anderson, March 7, 2019

 Outside of home, schools are typically the place children spend most of their time. School should be a place full of lively learning and discovery! But what if it’s not? Imagine, the following scenario.

While attending a family reunion this summer, I was approached by a bright, beautiful, young cousin who was interested...

Catherine Bradshaw, Katrina Debnam, Bottiani
By Drs. Bottiani, Bradshaw, & Debnam, March 1, 2019

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 may be viewed as a watershed moment in our history, similar to Columbine in April 1999. Following both tragedies, the nation was at odds about how to prevent such shootings from happening again in the future. How do we solve America’s gun problem in schools? Despite a surge...

Nolan Cabrera

 I was asked to write this blog post on the “new racism” of color-blind curricula in higher education. “New racism,” means the way that overt expressions of racial animus have frequently been driven underground even though the underlying structure of White supremacy remains (Cabrera, 2019).  I agreed to write this post, but I also slightly...

The basis for gifted and talented programs is the somewhat innocuous notion that a subset of children are capable of high levels of performance and may benefit from educational services outside a traditional classroom setting. A critical first step in meeting the educational needs of such children is screening, followed by the formal...

Susan Iverson

The #MeToo movement has brought attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault in workplaces like the entertainment industry, government and health care, as well as our schools (White, 2017). Yet, sexual harassment doesn’t just suddenly happen. Rather, these negative behaviors are modeled throughout today’s society. Sexual...

Loretta (Lucky) Mason-Williams

Last month, I encouraged an administrator to hire an unqualified, ill-prepared candidate for a position as a special educator for students with severe learning and behavioral needs. As a teacher educator in special education, I had written numerous letters of recommendations and fielded calls from many of the local schools several months before...

Yalda M. Kaveh

The United States Census Bureau (2015) estimates that about 79% of the U.S. population over the age of five speaks only English at home. The second and third generations of immigrants in the U.S. share a prevalent commonality: English language dominance, and...

Anne-Marie Nuñez

Let’s create a cacophony of sound to represent our intention. To hold these women up. To bring them into the light.

– Kimberlé Crenshaw, The Urgency of Intersectionality

In a recent Ted Talk, Kimberlé...