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Join Us 11/9 at 8pm ET for a virtual performance of Nothing About Us -- "A rigorous, passionate, and hilarious exploration of school segregation." Featuring NYC-based Epic Theatre Ensemble. Hosted by: NCSD, Integrated Schools, METCO, and the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Tweet this info to your friends!
This month, we came across several resources that explore the importance of working to cultivate and sustain friendships across racial, cultural, ideological, and socioeconomic lines. This is even more salient during this time of great upheaval, uncertainty, and growing disconnection.

  • How to Meet People Who Are Different from You (Yes Magazine, Oct. 13) - "'It’s like a muscle you have to work,' [Linda Tropp] says. That sense of being a fish out of water—whether in terms of race, political affiliation, age, or something else—can be anxiety-producing. But it doesn’t last forever."

  • Podcast Series - Hard Candy & Fruit Snacks (Sept/Oct. 2020) - Two friends, one Black and one White, who met through METCO, a voluntary school integration program and NCSD member organization, discuss race and their different experiences coming of age in and around Boston.

  • Podcast Series - Do the Work - "A podcast...about race and our personal relationships. Each episode is an intimate conversation between two people who know each other well — family, old friends, lovers or colleagues. We bring them together so they can finally have a real conversation about race, and we can all learn how to be anti-racist in our daily lives.

Webinar: State and Federal Opportunities to Support More Diverse and Inclusive School Systems

The Oct. 22nd briefing was sponsored by the Learning Policy Institute and NCSD. Featuring Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Senator Chris Murphy (CT).

Learn more here.

NEW: Two Reports on School Segregation in CT

A Steady Habit of Segregation: The Origins and Continuing Harm of Separate and Unequal Housing and Public Schools in Metropolitan Hartford, Connecticut by Susan Eaton (Open Communities Alliance, PRRAC, NAACP LDF, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Oct. 2020)

Just as The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein did at a national level, this report seeks to explore the government role in creating and cementing the hard lines of segregation in the Hartford region,” said Susan Eaton, the author of A Steady Habit and NCSD Steering Committee member.

"This report examines how residential segregation in Connecticut—and the subsequent educational segregation—persists due to ongoing racial discrimination, current town zoning ordinances, and school district boundaries….Our goal is to shed light on the ways housing and education intersect to impede and improve opportunity for and investment in Black and Latinx communities." - CT Voices for Children

Also happening in CT...

Hamden School District's Diversity Advisory Council recently released "Moving Forward: A Community Policy Platform for Racial Justice in Hamden Schools," proposing ways to: 1) Enroll classes with racial diversity; 2) Allocate resources for racial equity; 3) Teach for racial justice; and 4) Protect efforts for racial justice during COVID-19. The plan is also accompanied by a toolkit of resources. “COVID-19 gives us even more of a reason to do this work. The communities hardest hit are the ones that we’re advocating for - families of color.”
National -

California -

  • Podcast: Reflecting On Segregation At One Of The Most Diverse Schools In America by Chosang Tenzin, Hannah Ni, & TBH producers (91.7 KALW Public Radio, Oct. 15) - "San Francisco’s intricate student assignment system is set for yet another makeover, as district officials balance choice and predictability with a desire for more equity. The idea is to make schools more racially and economically integrated while simplifying a complicated process."

New Jersey -

New York -

North Carolina -

  • Introducing Julius L. Chambers High. CMS Drops Vance High’s Confederate Namesake by Annie Ma (New York Daily News, Oct. 13) - “'Names and symbols should reflect our values,” Superintendent Earnest Winston said in a statement. 'They speak to who we are and what we aspire to do. Mr. Chambers was a major figure in civil rights locally and nationally, bringing cases that shaped our laws to the U.S. Supreme Court.'”

Pennsylvania -

  • Letter: Address Inequity in US Education by Susan Knoll (Lancaster Online, Oct. 18) - "At a time when school segregation is at its worst levels since prior to the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ruled it unlawful, it is imperative that our community support any and all large-scale efforts to address these inequities."

Texas -

  • Policy Brief: Policy Solutions to Address School Segregation for Equitable Outcomes by Valerie Sterne, MA with contributions from Stephanie Asper, BA (Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, July 2020) - "This brief is the last installment in our series about racial and economic segregation in Texas schools...[W]e outline policy solutions to address school segregation in ways that will lead to more equitable outcomes for all students."

Virginia -

  • TCI Applauds Recommendations to Address Racial Injustice in Virginia Law (The Commonwealth Institute, Sept. 24)- “The commission’s recommendations address school segregation, school funding equity, and teacher diversity, while also confronting racism in court sentencing, bail decisions, pretrial hearings, and reducing the ongoing harm from overpolicing and oversentencing on communities of color,' says Ashley Kenneth, Senior Vice President at The Commonwealth Institute. 'The Chair of the commission rightly said, ‘Sweeping change for sweeping problems.’ That is what’s needed...”
St. Louis, MO: New Report Issues Call to Level the Unequal Playing Field in St. Louis

A new report by Forward Through Ferguson provides ideas for improving educational outcomes in Metro St. Louis by: 1) Continuing to grow understanding and tell the story of the structural inequities in the St. Louis regional education landscape, 2) Collaboratively redefining regional indicators of a quality education, and 3) Establishing [an] Education Design & Finance task force. Applying a systems lens, the report examines the interplay between segregation, property taxes, funding, and the educational environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the educational opportunities of students nationwide. Around the country, activists and elected officials have realized that high-stakes testing regimes, which were promoters of great inequity, make even less sense in our current reality, and they are seeking reform. We spotlight Boston, MA and New York City, NY below.

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NCSD Welcomes the Bridges Collaborative as a New Member

An initiative by the Century Foundation (TCF) to advance racial and socioeconomic integration and equity in America’s schools.

Learn more about the 56 organizations in their inaugural cohort of district and charter leaders, and fair housing advocates.




In Returning to Long Island’s Segregated Schools (Long Island Herald, Sept. 11), Elaine Gross explains why "the pandemic doesn’t let us off the hook" in terms of addressing segregation.
New podcast:

In Family Engagement and Equity, the Integrated Schools podcast speaks with Dr. Ann Ishimaru, a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, whose work focuses on intersections of leadership, school – community relationships, and education equity.

Check out their revamped website - https://integratenyc.org/
In the news:

METCO Schools are at the Intersection of the Pandemic and Racism by Linda K. Wertheimer (Boston Globe, Oct. 1)"Schools everywhere are struggling to keep students safe from COVID-19, while also trying to counter bias. Boston’s METCO program is at the heart of both efforts."

Metro Center was recently awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the relationship between culturally responsive-sustaining education, racial identity formation, and student academic success.

PRRAC joined a federal lawsuit to challenge the Trump Administration’s new “disparate impact” rule, which adds a series of new hurdles for victims of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. See the OCA v. HUD complaint here, press release here, and press coverage here.
New post:

New Research: Literacy Outcomes in Segregated Schools - A rundown of Roslyn Mickelson et al's article on literacy outcomes and school composition. Here's the headline finding: "We found the negative relationship of segregated schooling to reading achievement is stronger for Blacks and high school students."
How ‘Good’ Parenting Can Make for ‘Bad’ Democracy

"Like all of us, they’ve internalized a democracy-corroding narrative: Parents alone bear the risk of educational failure. The state will not be arriving to help. And when parents use race and wealth to navigate their risk, it’s the best of parenting — democracy and equality be damned."

Read the article by Osamudia James via the Washington Post here.
NCSD Member Derek W. Black Releases New Book

Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy "offers both an illuminating history of our nation’s establishment of a constitutional right to education, and a trenchant analysis of how such a right is being undermined today. He looks at education history with a wide view, describing both periods when our democracy has been strengthened-when the commitment to public education has been strongest-and weakened, when such a commitment has been lacking. And today, such a commitment is sorely lacking."

Related: Podcast: There's No Democracy without Public Education (Have You Heard, Oct. 15)
Racial Inequities and Whiteness in Suburban Schooling

A new collection of articles in Taylor & Francis's Equity & Excellence in Education Journal "examine[s] how students, parents, and educators understand, navigate, and confront racial inequities and whiteness in suburban schooling." The collection includes an introduction by John Diamond (NCSD RAP member) and Lynn Posey-Maddox, The Changing Terrain of the Suburbs: Examining Race, Class, and Place in Suburban Schools and Communities.

Check it out here.

  • ‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’ by Erica L. Green, Mark Walker, and Eliza Shapiro (New York Times, Oct. 1) - "Discipline disparities between Black and white boys have driven reform efforts for years. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States."

  • Podcast Series - Driving the Green Book (Sept/Oct. 2020) - "Award-winning BBC broadcaster Alvin Hall hits the road alongside activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber... unearth[ing] both inspiring and heartbreaking tales...Driving the Green Book is a living history podcast that preserves a powerful legacy and honors the stories of those who lived through the era, supported and uplifted each other, and fought for equality."
  • Related: How Two Friends Turned the History of the ‘Green Book’ Into a Podcast by Nneka M. Okona (Conde Nast Traveler, Oct. 7)

On Oct. 20th, the Center for Popular Democracy hosted a youth roundtable with elected officials and students about police-free schools and the Counseling Not Criminalization Act.

View it here.
AERA - Brown Lecture

William F. Tate IV (provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina) delivered AERA's 2020 Brown Lecture—“The Segregation Pandemic: Brown as Treatment or Placebo?” on Oct. 22. This annual event "illuminates the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education."

View it here. Engage using #AERABrownLecture.

Nellie Mae Educational Foundation recently announced "an allocation of an additional $20M this year to support work addressing anti-Black racism and COVID relief, especially as both relate to our public education system." While they are not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time, they
encourage New-England based organizations to tell them about your efforts to advance racial equity in public education. Let's make sure they hear from the integration movement!
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, under its Policies for Action program, "will fund research that addresses systemic racism in public policy. Approximately $2 million in funding is available for this opportunity, and all proposed research studies must include a plan to translate findings into actionable evidence about how, and how well, policies work to improve racial equity and racial justice." Deadline: Nov. 24
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is seeking papers and proposals for:

  • 2021 Education Research Conferences Program "awards grants of up to $35,000 for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study, or develop innovative research methods or techniques." Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021

Beloved Community
The Bell
The Century Foundation
Learning Policy Institute
Mosaic Project
Urban Institute
"The world around us is changing. As the election nears, it is important to find our courage. Join us for an evening of activation and intergenerational learning grounded in our collective power."
11/9 & 11/12
MICA Center for Social Design
11/10 - 11/12
1/28 - 1/29
Check out our conferences listing page, which is evolving given the COVID-19 crisis.
Please let us know of upcoming events, by emailing school-diversity@prrac.org.
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 * IntegratedSchools.org * 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 Community * Chicago United for Equity * Learning Policy Center * Public School Forum of North Carolina * The Bell North Carolina Justice Center * 
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