Menlo Park City School District Equity Initiative (December 14, 2011) For the past two years Menlo Park City School District has worked in partnership with us on their Equity Initiative to improve educational experiences and outcomes for historically underserved students. This work has involved building leadership capacity to guide data-driven instructional improvement and expanding the instructional approaches of teachers to meet the learning needs of every student.
National Equity Project Senior Director Chin Martin speaks at NAACP Annual Conference (July 23, 2011) Chin appeared on a panel with National Equity Project Senior Coach Alicia Bowman in the education breakout session to talk about fostering the improvement of African American students in early childhood education.
National Equity Project Launches KIPP Principals Summer Training (June 25, 2011) The KIPP School Leadership Program’s Summer Institute kicked off for the second year in a row with a three-day Leading for Equity session designed and facilitated by NEP staff. KIPP principals from across the country were supported to examine their practice through the lenses of adaptive leadership and equity.
Senior Associate Hugh Vasquez Co-Authors Report on Funder – Practitioner Dialogue (June 15, 2011) Hugh Vasquez co-authored with Cynthia Chavez a report titled “The Conversation Labs: An Experiment in Funder / Practitioner Dialogues.” The report describes a series of dialogues between philanthropic and nonprofit leaders “with no expectations other than to engage in honest conversations about what works and what doesn’t.” Hugh facilitated the Labs and offers his observations in this report on a rare experiment in collaborative dialogue for social change.
Executive Director LaShawn Route Chatmon appears on panel at W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s America Healing conference (May 25, 2011) The panel on Education Reform and Juvenile Justice addressed equity issues in education. LaShawn and the other panelists spoke about actions they are taking to break the cycle of disadvantage, including the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Co-panelists were Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center, and John Jackson, President and CEO, The Schott Foundation.
National Equity Project selected to provide equity, diversity, inclusion consulting and training services for Minneapolis Public Schools (May 10, 2011)
Minneapolis Public Schools selected the National Equity Project to assist in developing a long-term equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. The organization will provide leadership in the development, design and delivery of comprehensive consulting and evaluation services in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. Key elements of the work include leadership development, training, plan development and a listening campaign that will seek out potentially silenced voices to contribute to a dialogue about the impact and influence of race, class and culture on disparate educational outcomes.
National Equity Project Partner School Manzanita SEED Recognized for Closing Achievement Gaps (January 25, 2011) Manzanita SEED, a small, Spanish-English immersion elementary school in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California, was one of only two schools in the state to win the 2010 National Title I Distinguished School Award. The Principal, Katherine Carter, shared some key insights on their success. She noted that her school took several years to show student achievement results, that the process was messy and did not always look like a conventional success, and that rather than replicate her programs, schools aspiring to equity should look at their process and vision of leadership, which she developed in part with the National Equity Project. Read more…
National Equity Project Facilitates Racial Equity Leadership Convening in Grand Rapids, MI (Dec, 2010) Several of our senior staff led a Kellogg Foundation convening of 30 leaders in Grand Rapids to work together on furthering racial equity goals in their community. Participants included representatives from Grand Rapids Public Schools, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and local foundations and service organizations who work toward the goal of helping children and youth achieve more success in school and beyond. Participants discussed how to improve collaboration to create more opportunity for underserved youth in Grand Rapids. Feedback from participants stressed that this was a powerful start to a renewed effort to lead collectively to increase racial equity in education and life outcomes.
Washington State Early Learning Development Benchmarks Meeting (Oct 2010) National Equity Project senior directors Victor Cary and Lisa Lasky facilitated a meeting of the Washington State Department of Early Learning that gathered individuals representing diverse communities to begin the process of reviewing and updating the state’s Early Learning Development Benchmarks. The Benchmarks were created in 2005 as a research-based tool to help parents, early learning educators and caregivers understand what young children may know and do at different ages. The National Equity Project is facilitating a process that brings together various stakeholders to reconcile challenges and concerns of cultural homogeneity and hegemony in the Benchmarks. The process aims to support groups who wish to pursue culturally appropriate adaptation of benchmarks and gather data on what’s being done around the state.
National Equity Project Supports Oakland Screening of Beyond the Bricks (Oct 2010)
Beyond the Bricks is a documentary film project and national community engagement campaign to promote solutions for one of America’s critical problems: the low performance of black males in school. The Project helped organize the screening attended by dozens of community members and leaders on October 2 at Allen Temple Baptist Church. The screening was followed by breakout sessions to develop local action plans. Similar town hall screenings are being held in other major cities this fall.
National Equity Project Recognized as a “Highly Effective Nonprofit” (Sept 2010) We are honored that a group of 96 experts identified us as a top nonprofit working in the middle-secondary education field. Only 15 out of over 130 nonprofits reviewed earned the distinction of a Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit. Philanthropedia is a nonprofit organization working to connect donors with some of the highest impact nonprofits in a cause. Unlike other online rating/donor sites, they use experts to identify high-impact nonprofits, and they allow donors to support an entire social cause through an Expert Fund. Visit Philanthropedia’s website to learn more about how the experts reviewed us, and make a donation to us or to the Bay Area middle-secondary education Expert Fund.