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We had planned to introduce this publication at the NCSD conference, but that was not meant to be. Nonetheless, we are very excited to unveil our newest policy brief, Including Racial and Socioeconomic Diversity in ESSA District Plans

It is packed with ideas and tools that can be used to strengthen your local efforts. W e also tried to highlight the work of as many NCSD members and partners as possible. 

Stay tuned--over the next few months, there will be opportunities to engage with us around the concepts outlined in this brief.  
With much of everyone's attention focused on the COVID-19 crisis, we are all doing our best to balance personal and professional priorities. NCSD hopes that you all stay safe, practice social distancing as much as is possible, and find creative ways to stay connected with your loved ones. Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone on the frontlines: first responders, retail and restaurant workers, and the many people in the gig economy.

Here are a few things people in our network have been working on and thinking about:
  • From NYU Metro Center's David E. Kirkland (via Twitter, slightly edited): My amazing team at @metronyu has been able to quickly get our site up with guidance on culturally responsive-sustaining remote education. We'll continue to update the site with resources for students, families, and educators. (David has also been posting maps that help illustrate how COVID19 is affecting groups with different racial, language, and socioeconomic backgrounds, e.g. in New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Follow him at @davidekirkland.)

School Segregation at The Classroom Level in A Southern 'New Destination' State by Charles Clotfelter, Helen Ladd, and Mavzuna Turaeva

Abstract (National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research): "Using detailed administrative data for public schools, we document racial and ethnic segregation at the classroom level in a state that has experienced a sharp increase in Hispanic enrollment, North Carolina. We decompose classroom-level segregation in counties into within-school and between-school components. We find that the within-school component accounted for as much as two fifths of total segregation in high schools. Recognizing its importance will surely temper the praise for school assignment policies that reduce racial disparities between schools but allow large disparities within them..."

Abstract (Humboldt Journal of Social Relations):  [I] use geographic techniques to examine the distribution of key housing, economic, health, and educational indicators in metropolitan Hartford. I focus in particular on factors that bear upon the lives of children in this area, also known as the Sheff region-a reference to the long-standing Sheff v. O'Neill school desegregation lawsuit. The results reveal substantial disparities in the geographic distribution of important resources and outcomes across the racially and economically stratified region..."

Podcast Episode 200 - School District Takeovers History and Today -Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)

Summary : "In this episode, Ana Ramón talks with Terrence Wilson, J.D., and Chloe Latham Sikes, M.A., give a quick history of school takeover policies and describe the problems they create that hinder equitable education. Ana is IDRA's deputy director of advocacy, Terrence is IDRA's regional policy and community engagement director, and Chloe is IDRA's deputy director of policy."

Synopsis: "We're joined by two mothers, Dana from Brooklyn and Meredith from Minneapolis, who both have kids entering elementary school next year.  They talk about how they are thinking about this choice, given the options available, their values around social and racial justice, and the pressures from their White and/or privileged peers. "


Harvard RIDES 's webinar will offer participating educators: 1) an introduction to the concept of critical consciousness; 2) key findings from a five-year research study of the role of secondary schools in fostering youth critical consciousness; and 3) an opportunity to reflect upon the implications for their own work with students. This webinar will focus primarily on programming and practices at the secondary level, but may be of interest to educators in the primary gr ades as well.

The Century Foundation
City Garden Montessori
 D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
Learning Policy Institute
Teens Take Charge

  Check out our  conferences listing page, which is evolving given the COVID-19 crisis.
Please let us know of upcoming events, by emailing
The National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD) is a network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial isolation. We also support the work of state and local school diversity practitioners. Our work is informed by an advisory panel of scholars and academic researchers whose work relates to issues of equity, diversity, and desegregation/integration .

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund * Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund   American Civil Liberties Union * Poverty & Race Research Action Council  * Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law  * Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund  * Magnet Schools of America  * One Nation Indivisible  * Southern Poverty Law Center  * Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School  * Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA  * Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University  * University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights  * Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University  * The Othering & Belonging Institute  * Education Rights Center, Howard University School of Law  * Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School  * Education Law Center  * New York Appleseed  * Sheff Movement Coalition  * Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation  * ERASE Racism  * Chicago Lawyers' Committee  * Empire Justice Center  * IntegrateNYC  * Intercultural Development Research Association  * Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education * Institute for Social Progress at Wayne County Community College District  * Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Law School  * Equity Assistance Center (Region II) at Touro College * *  The Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Dallas Independent School District  * Live Baltimore * Maryland Equity Project   Center for Education and Civil Rights  * National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector  * The Center for Diversity and Equality in Education at Rutgers University * Being Black at School * UnifiEd * The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy * Public Advocacy for Kids * The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools * Family and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children * The School Desegregation Notebook * Temperament, Affect, and Behavior in Schools (TABS) Lab * Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. * Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. (METCO) * Learn Together, Live Together * Beloved CommunityChicago United for Equity * Learning Policy Center * Public School Forum of North Carolina * The Bell North Carolina Justice Center  * 

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