Districts, school leadership and staff identify their own unconscious actions, thoughts and beliefs about other groups, and how these biases impact their relationships with coworkers, students, and their community.
- Helping Courts Address Implicit Bias.To raise awareness about the existence of implicit bias in the court community, the NCSC, with funding from the Open Society Institute, documented the development and implementation of pilot educational programs on the topic of implicit racial bias in three participating states.Program materials and lessons learned from this project may help to inform future educational and training efforts in improving fairness and cultural competence in the court community.
- Helping Courts Address Implicit Bias: Frequently Asked Questions. National Association for State Courts. Retrieved from http://www.ncsc.org/~/media/Files/PDF/Topics/Gender%20and%20Racial%20Fairness/Implicit%20Bias%20FAQs%20rev.ashx
- American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland. The ACLU of Maryland’s Education Reform Project works to ensure that all children in Maryland public schools - particularly those most at risk of failure - are accorded a "thorough and efficient" education as guaranteed by the state Constitution. Our aims include securing adequate and equitable public school funding, and the wise use of that funding to support student achievement, ensuring that school buildings are safe and properly equipped, and providing a positive school climate, including fair and effective discipline policies. The ACLU’s education reform work is rooted in the Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education lawsuit, brought on behalf of Baltimore parents and students in 1994.
- Advocates for Children and Youth. ACY provides advocacy and impact data as well as personalized stories to help tell the story of Maryland’s children in a simple way. This information is often used by state agencies, legislators and our fellow advocates.
- Maryland Disability Law Center. Through legal services, systemic efforts, thier publications and identifying community resources, MDLC is working towards a world where people with disabilities are fully included in the workplace, neighborhoods and all aspects of community life. http://www.mdlclaw.org/about-us/advocacy-services/
In the News
- Decriminalizing the Classroom: School Climate Bill of Rights
- Ellor, B. (2015, July 12). Decriminalizing the Classroom: School Climate Bill of Rights. The Edvocate. Retrieved from http://www.theedadvocate.org/decriminalizing-the-classroom-school-climate-bill-of-rights/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost
- Disrupting Injustice: Principals Narrate the Strategies They Use to Improve Their Schools and Advance Social Justice. A group of educators have demonstrated success not only with White middle-class and affluent students but also with students from varied racial, socioeconomic, linguistic, ability, and cultural backgrounds. A recurring theme from these schools and from the literature on school change is that exemplary leadership helps create the necessity for change and helps make the realities of change happen. More specifically, leaders at these schools where students traditionally marginalized are thriving come to administration with a commitment, or larger “call,” to focus their leadership on issues of equity and justice.
- Theoharis, G. (2010). Disrupting Injustice: Principals Narrate the Strategies They Use to Improve Their Schools and Advance Social Justice. Teachers College Record. Retrieved from https://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=15842
- Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap. After years of applying more pressure on schools to raise achievement levels for all students, particularly those who underperform their mainstream peers, the achievement gap today remains virtually unchanged. But the reality is that there's proof that, under the right conditions, all students can achieve at high levels. Instead of "quick-fix reforms" that promise "miracles" but deliver little, here's a book that delves into the research to provide you with realistic solutions for catching up children in danger of failing and dropping out. Two giants in the fields of education, psychology, and equity—A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera—reveal bold truths about the achievement gap.
- Boykin, A.W., Noguera, P. (2011). Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107016.aspx
- Between the World and Me. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
- Coates, T. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel and Grau.http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/220290/between-the-world-and-me-by-ta-nehisi-coates/9780812993547/
Youth Development and Family Engagement
- Oregon Commission on Children and Families. Best Practices: Positive Youth Development and Resource List.
- Wide Angle Youth Media. Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities.
- Safe and Sound: Baltimore’s Campaign for Children and Youth. Character.org aims to benefit society through school reform that addresses not only academics, but also social, emotional, and ethical issues. Character.org has the tools, methods, and strategies to empower principals, teachers, counselors, parents and community members to help schools achieve the important goals of character development.
- The Whole Child. ASCD's Whole Child Initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children. Through the initiative, ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action. ASCD is joined in this effort by Whole Child Partner organizations representing the education, arts, health, policy, and community sectors.
- The Brotherhood/ SisterSol. The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.
- School Equity Project. The School Equity Project staff is made up of school teachers, administrators, and research professors that have been addressing the achievement and discipline gaps in schools for years. Our team of experts have all made headway in performing the critical equity work in schools. With the online equity audits, we offer the very latest technologies in pinpointing the exact sources of the disparities in your schools and district. No guesswork and overpaid consultants here! We then develop very school-specific remedies for your school based on your data. For more information, or to initiate an equity audit for your district or school, submit a request: (have an order form below this text). Also, there is an 'about us’ at the bottom of the page that should like to the same language page.
- The School Climate Community Scale and the School-Community Partnership Process. NSCC is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction. In doing so, we enhance student performance, prevent drop outs,reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults. We help translate research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate.