Leadership for Excellence & Equity Learning Resources

Blogs, Articles and Publications

“This blog provides a site for advocates of culturally diverse gifted learners to share concerns, resources and connect w/ each other.”

Online tools & resources for principals, school leaders, and educators of inclusive schools

Ed Week Research 
In the No Child Left Behind section of the EdWeek website you can link to a number of brief but thorough, research-based background essays on relevant education issues in America today, including closing the achievement gap.

In Motion Magazine 
The Education Rights section of In Motion Magazine, which is edited by Pedro Noguera, is dedicated to providing a forum for activists, educators, parents and students who are searching for alternative ideas to the challenges confronting education today.

Sonia Nieto 
Dr. Sonia Nieto's website contains a resource list of many of her insightful publications on multiculturalism and diversity in education.

Parsing the Achievement Gap: Baselines for Tracking Progress 
This 2003 study from the Policy Information Center of the Education Testing Service presents the links between student achievement and core factors often related to students' racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic status.

Learning from Poor and Minority Students Who Succeed in School 
This article from the Ed Letter at Harvard Graduate School of Education addresses children's views on success and failure having a big impact on their learning. This study gives us a clear glimpse into the ways in which high and low achievers think about the causes of their successes and failures in school.

Time To Move On: African-American and White Parents Set an Agenda for Public Schools

Teachers College Record
A rich collective of relevant papers regarding race and schooling.

Framework for a Race Equality Policy for Schools
This framework sets out the main parts of a race equality policy.

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Resource Organizations

National Equity Assistance Centers 
This is a group of 10 regional centers around the country that investigate and provide technical assistance dealing with issues of equity in education.

Metro Center for Urban Education 
The Metro Center in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University has pioneered programs that bring equality of opportunity to all youth. The Center has developed projects that succeed in raising performance and achievement levels of both students and educators. Pedro Noguera is the Center's Executive Director.

Education Trust 
The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, kindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth. Their basic tenet is that all children will learn at high levels when they are taught to high levels. The Education Trust advances its mission along several fronts, from raising its voice in national and state policy debates to helping teachers improve instruction in their classrooms. Their work maintains a relentless focus on improving the education of all students, and particularly those students whom the system has traditionally left behind.

Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) 
Great City Schools is a coalition of 64 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. Founded in 1956 and incorporated in 1961, the Council is located in Washington D.C., where it works to promote urban education through legislation, research, media relations, instruction, management, technology, and other special projects designed to improve the quality of urban education. The Council serves as the national voice for urban educators, providing ways to share promising practices and address common concerns for closing the achievement gaps.

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Family-Community-District Partnership

The following articles, books, resources and websites were used in the 2010-11 DVMSAC Family-Community District Partnership Task Force workshop series offered by PA PIRC.

A New Wave of Evidence
Research findings about family engagement and family-school-community partnerships

Beyond Random Acts Family, School, and Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform
Article from National Policy Forum Family, School, & Community Engagement

Beyond the Bake Sale
Book includes 4 Versions of Family-School Partnerships and multiple other resources

How to Develop a Logic Model for District-wide Family Engagement Strategies and Seeing is Believing
Step-by-step guide for developing a logic model and companion article that demonstrates school’s experiences

National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group
Recommendations for Federal Policy 

National Network of Partnerships Schools
Team process for improving student achievement through strengthening family engagement 

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
Standards, Implementation Guide, Assessment Guide

Parents and Teachers Talking Together (PT3)
Facilitation guide for conversations among those closest to children

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets
Tips for principals, teachers and parents about using conferences to support student learning

Solid Foundation
Team process for improving student achievement through strengthening family engagement

Tellin’ Stories
Creates opportunities for families to connect with each other, help parents gain skills to support students and participate in the school system

Title I: A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement 

PA State Parent Advisory Committee
From Compliance to Effective Action

Working Systemically In Action Engaging Family & Community, A Guide for Facilitators
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools (also: Collaborative Action Toolkit)

Family Engagement and Partnership Websites

Center for the Study of Social Policy 
Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education 

Coalition for Community Schools 
Evaluation Toolkit (and many other resources)

Making Connections 
Annie E. Casey Foundation work related to strengthening families and communities

Harvard Family Research Project and Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE)
Work to develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families and their communities

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
Building Family-School Partnerships that Work

Nation Human Services Assembly 
Family Strengthening Policy Center

National PIRC Coordination Center
Webinar series with resources

Serving the education needs of children in poverty and bridging education research and practice

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