Many education reformers ask, “Why should we focus on closing the demographic gap between the children we serve and the leaders of the ed reform movement?” Our answer is simple. Research shows that diversity matters, and a sustainable education reform movement requires a community to participate in its own liberation to achieve the practice of freedom.
Over the past month, we have been sharing a couple of the pillars of our strategy going forward. The infographic below captures our vision, rationale and approach in a more visual way. We’re excited to share it, and even more excited about the work ahead.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing some information about our investment strategy at NewSchools. Here’s a bit more detail about how we will build a portfolio of investments in great tools and services that support innovative school models and enable their students and teachers to flourish. We are excited to work together with entrepreneurs and educators to increase the availability of effective tools and services that matter for learning.
We are starting to see new school designs emerge that fundamentally rethink time, talent, and technology to create learning experiences that work better for students. Early evidence suggests that new school designs can accelerate learning gains for all students, especially those who are furthest behind. But there’s a long way to go to figure out which design choices and practices matter most, as well as how to gauge progress in other dimensions of student success. At NewSchools, we are ready to increase our support for teams who are building on and extending the initial design principles from the first wave of innovators. We will find and fund high-potential teams with innovative school designs, support their planning and implementation, and connect them to each other and to experts so they can get better faster.
At this year’s Summit, 205 organizations, including NewSchools, committed to enhancing diversity in their leadership ranks. As we reflected on our stories of action, we realized how challenging the work can be and how much we all can benefit from sharing ideas, questions, steps taken and lessons learned with others in the field. We encourage you to browse our and other organization’s stories of action below and hope it will inspire you to submit your own.
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DC Prep Ramps Up Diversity Training & RecruitmentIncreasing diversity across DC Prep’s organization is a strategic priority. During summer 2014, DC Prep launched a set of ongoing Cultural Competency trainings with leadership teams in its award-winning network of preschool-8th grade public charter schools. DC Prep has also increased diversity of the Home Office staff, and its Talent Team will be implementing diversity recruitment/retention initiatives as the organization gears up to launch its fifth campus in the 2015-16 school year!
UP Education Network Assembles its 2nd Diversity and Inclusivity Task ForceUP Education’s second Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force is creating a scorecard to measure our organization’s progress and performance in the areas of recruiting, hiring, training, supporting, promoting, and retaining a diverse group of employees.We look forward to hearing the diverse voices and perspectives from across the network and holding ourselves accountable for realizing our vision of diversity and inclusivity.
Beyond Z Accelerator Preparing Diverse Next Generation LeadersBeyond Z believes leaders can emerge from everywhere and is creating a new talent strategy for the country. Their career accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. They are creating a model to discover, develop, and connect at least 100,000 extraordinary, diverse young people to high-quality skill building, opportunities, and networks. From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse […]
UP Education Network Invests in its StaffUP Education Network launched the first ever Bridge Mentoring Program for employees of color who have an interest in exploring career pathways in the Network. Mentees will work with mentors to identify existing leadership opportunities in line with their career goals and trajectory and participate in on-going professional development. Through this program, we will create a sense of community to ensure our staff of color know that we are invested in their […]
New Research on Hispanic Families’ Use of Media for Learning from JGCCThe Joan Ganz Cooney Center released three reports that explore the diverse and growing Hispanic population in the U.S. and how these families are using media to promote learning at home. Aprendiendo en casa reveals findings from a national parent survey; Connecting to Learn recommends policy solutions to improve digital equity among low-income Hispanic families; and Digital Media and Latino Families examines how technology proliferation affects family and community relationships.
New Leaders Prepares Diverse Top Talent for High-Need SchoolsNew Leaders is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of their background or zip code, are prepared for success in college, careers and citizenship. Children, and particularly students of color, benefit when led and taught by racially diverse educators. Over fifteen years, New Leaders has strategically recruited and developed outstanding principals and teacher leaders for America’s highest-need schools. The result is a national network of transformational leaders, 75% of whom are […]
US DOE Convenes Leaders to Increase Diversity in Education ReformOn January 29-30, the U.S. Department of Education brought together over 50 education reform leaders for the first meeting, or “First Steps Forum” in a collaboration called, “Our Students, Our Leaders: Increasing the Diversity of Education Reform Leadership.” Participants came from education organizations across the country and left with action plans to close the demographic gap between students and leaders in education reform. At an early 2016 meeting each 2015 participant will […]
EdFuel and BAEO Launch Leaders of Color Peer Learning Community (PLC)In partnership with BAEO, EdFuel is piloting a PLC to address the unique needs of leaders of color in education reform. Over a 9-month period, leaders from schools in DC meet monthly to strengthen their skills and address issues of race and equity. We share best practices, unpack personal stories and identify strategies to improve leadership. The result is a cadre of leaders who feel capable, competent and confident to invoke change […]
UTRU Prepares Teachers from Diverse BackgroundsSchool districts that serve children in high-need communities need well-prepared, effective, and diverse educators who are ready to teach on day one. Urban Teacher Residency United launches and supports programs that prepare new teachers who themselves come from diverse racial, economic and experience backgrounds. Our programs provide the practical learning, the hands-on experience and the support network teachers need to be effective right away. Through excellent teaching, students can experience academic success.
New Urban Learning Builds College Partnership for TeachersConcerned with the number of African American certified male teachers in our organization, and by the challenges faced by those seeking certification, we partnered with a local university to train and certify our teachers. While we’ve started small, our hope is to continually improve access to certification for more and more teachers of color, including supporting non-traditional individuals interested in education obtain certification.
What action are you taking to enhance and improve diversity in your organization? Have an opinion, an idea or a question about what needs to happen to effectively diversify education leadership?
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