Debates about whether a school ought to be closed overlook fundamental questions. Are the metrics used to measure schools reasonable? What makes us think that these are the measures that best capture what matters most? And how can we justify turning away from the testimonies of students, teachers, and families who know, love, and fight for these schools?
The process of innovating must ensure a strong, diverse representation, community-driven decisions, and equitable learning that includes an exploration of identity and bias. The new school designs must feature culturally-responsive curriculum, just policies, and broad community engagement.
Neema Avashia, a teacher at McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, shares the power of student communities in the face of school closures and other crises.
CCE staff members share some songs that inspire their work for education justice and equity.
The challenges facing public educations are complex. The plausible action to be taken is the development of instructional leaders committed to equity and access to ensure social justice.
QPA's Carisa Corrow offers up a fun way to get educators thinking differently.
Two students at Manchester High School West share their experiences working as part of the school's redesign team.