Creating new opportunities: Reforming the “Gifted IEP” process to improve access for all students

Amie White shared this testimony to the State Board of Education during a series of public roundtable discussions with their Committee on Special and Gifted Education as they gathered input on the current Chapter 16 (Gifted Education) regulations.   Good afternoon. My name is Amie White and I am Chief Operating [...]

By |2022-12-16T19:05:50+00:00October 25th, 2022|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on Creating new opportunities: Reforming the “Gifted IEP” process to improve access for all students

A Question of Will

When I started out as an education writer, I felt bewildered by how little seemed to be generally known about what works in the classroom. My interest had been sparked, in part, because of lingering pain from the educational malpractice I had experienced and witnessed as a child, so I was [...]

By |2022-06-27T13:04:17+00:00June 23rd, 2022|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on A Question of Will

When Multiple Systems Fail One Child, They Fail the Community

This summer we will celebrate my daughter’s 11th birthday. For us, it means marking another year that she has beaten the odds. For me, it’s another year spent fighting for her access to the resources she’s been promised for her education, and her physical and mental health. Over the past eleven [...]

By |2021-07-29T01:54:34+00:00July 29th, 2021|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on When Multiple Systems Fail One Child, They Fail the Community

My Friend Muzz–An East End Educator

Some of the greatest lessons are never taught in the classroom. The education they provide is tailor-made to the student’s needs. These types of educators don’t have to tell you how good they are; their actions serve as the artifact. They are our parents and grandparents, athletic coaches, deacons and mentors. [...]

By |2021-04-16T17:08:01+00:00April 16th, 2021|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on My Friend Muzz–An East End Educator

Reckoning with our American Caste System

Our systems are broken, but our people are resilient. This year has highlighted in profound ways how the systems we have built in this country are producing the outcomes they are designed to get—Covid-19 unchecked, racial disparities in health care and education accelerating, white supremacists marching, the wealthiest among us getting [...]

By |2021-04-16T17:04:05+00:00November 16th, 2020|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on Reckoning with our American Caste System

The Case for Teacher Leadership

This month marks the beginning of my 14th year of teaching. As I start my 8th year in the same school, for the 6th time, I start the school year with a new principal. So far, I have been impressed with his leadership, and I am excited about his ideas for [...]

By |2021-01-29T19:20:26+00:00August 31st, 2020|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on The Case for Teacher Leadership

Looking from the Inside Out: An Educator’s Insight into the Inequities of Remote Learning

“When white America sneezes, Black America catches pneumonia.” That old public health axiom has been echoing in my head for a few weeks now, getting louder and more gong-like as we fall further into this pandemic. I can’t help but see this sentiment everywhere I look, with reaches far beyond the [...]

By |2021-03-09T13:40:47+00:00August 4th, 2020|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on Looking from the Inside Out: An Educator’s Insight into the Inequities of Remote Learning

What Can We Do to Create Educational Justice?

"Now is the time for our School community to wrestle with the history of Black pain and trauma, to determine how we have been complicit in that pain and trauma, and to learn with and from Black people as we seek to 'innovate and agitate.'" ~ Dean Valerie Kinloch, University of [...]

By |2021-03-09T13:40:42+00:00June 8th, 2020|Through the Equity Lens|Comments Off on What Can We Do to Create Educational Justice?
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