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Equity Matters: In Learning, for Life

The Equity Alliance Mission

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The Equity Alliance Mission is to promote access, participation, and positive outcomes for all students by engaging educational stakeholders, reframing and advancing the discourse on educational equity, and transforming public education locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • KNOW

    Survey the field of education for the current issues that affect educational equity. Receive updated information about teaching, leading, and empowering culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Critically synthesize and create knowledge.

  • REFRAME

    Produce knowledge that informs, challenges, and reframes educational discourse towards equitable approaches to education for all.

  • ENGAGE

    Collaborate with community and partners at Stanford and a national and international audience through our growing listserv and programmatic activities such as the Equity Alliance Blog. We engage and disseminate our products on educational equity through social media to engage in participation as an organization.

  • TRANSFORM

    Transform educational systems by disseminating knowledge that transforms readers toward longstanding equity as it relates to ALL students, including culturally and linguistically diverse students and their communities for praxis.

 

Programmatic Activities

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The Equity Alliance Blog

Our blog is a tool for e-learning. It is designed to translate research, take everyday experiences, and uncover their multiple meanings to create accessible and useful information for news organizations, families, community members, and practitioners. Our blog should challenge accepted assumptions and practices and inspire readers to futher discussion and action. Each blog should engage readers in new ways of thinking and acting to educate all students.

The Disability, Culture, and Equity book series (Teachers College Press)

The book series explores one of the most pressing needs in the field of special and general education—how to educate minoritized learners with disabilities—and will help readers to understand how this goal is fundamental to achieving equity for all learners. Click here to see a list of all the published titles in the book series. Interested in submitting a proposal? Contact Sonya Keller. Submission guidelines for all authors can be found here.

Research on the Paradoxes and Inequities in Special Education and the Law

This interdisciplinary study examined the contextual factors that contribute to the educational paradox that exists between persistent racial disparities in educational outcomes, a policy framework that aims to provide equal opportunity and access to high quality intervention services, and persistent racial disproportionality in special education. Utilizing mixed methods, this study focused on how historical, social, and economic factors within school districts may affect the implementation and ultimate success of policy in reducing racialized outcomes in education.

Research on Equity in Inclusive Education

These initiatives aim to produce knowledge and advance our understanding of inclusive education across spaces and times. We feature here the various projects that we and our partners have conducting on inclusive education around the world. The most recent outcome is an open-access publication entitled, Keeping the promise? Contextualizing inclusive education in developing countries.

 

Equity Alliance Blog

By Amanda Parris, July 1, 2020

Schools should be a welcoming, safe place for all students – where students can be themselves, learn, and thrive. However, harsh discipline policies and punitive dress codes are disproportionately pushing students of color out of public schools....


By David Osher & Jill Young, May 4, 2020

All humans deserve to thrive—socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, economically, and spiritually. Equity in thriving has been contested and denied in the U.S. since the first...


By Hui-Ling S. Malone, Julian Giordano, Kay Galarza, Monique Carter, & Demiana Rizkalla, April 20, 2020

When asked, “How does it feel to be you in school?” a Black 16-year-old male student answered, “I feel imprisoned in school. I wish I didn’t have to stand in line to be searched to get into school and then be held to a strict code as to what I...