AISR Speaks Out: Commentary on Urban Education

Commentary

Jaein Lee
April 3, 2014
Strong and effective district-community partnerships are crucial to ensure that all students graduate prepared for college.
Sheryl Petty
March 21, 2014
When spaces are built to support the empowered voices and ideas of young people, a raw brilliance emerges that is grounded in the experiences of our most talked about, but least consulted, constituency.
Christina Mokhtar
November 19, 2013
An increase in ELL funding has given Nevada's Clark County the potential to serve as a model not only within the state but also for districts and states across the nation.
Warren Simmons
November 13, 2013
This commentary first appeared on WBUR's Cognoscenti, the Boston NPR station's ideas and opinions page.
Norm Fruchter
October 22, 2013
The New York City Department of Education should stop assigning disproportionate numbers of high-needs, late-enrolling students known as “over the counter” students to struggling schools.
Keith Catone
June 28, 2013
Many current education reforms, with little input from the community, result in the dismantling of public education systems and programs. But grassroots organizers and activists are asserting their own alternative vision for improving their schools.
Warren Simmons and Michelle Reneé
June 17, 2013
Affluent parents use their own resources to fund rich learning experiences for their children, both inside and outside school – an option not available for children in low-income communities of color. The need has never been greater for an equitable expansion of learning time to address this growing class and racial divide.
Richard Gray and Sara McAlister
May 14, 2013
Democratically engaging parents and residents in low-income communities of color can build the power and public will necessary to improve struggling schools and hold public institutions accountable for better-quality services.
Warren Simmons
April 9, 2013
Founded 20 years ago, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform was launched in an equity-dominated era; AISR Executive Director Warren Simmons exhorts federal education policy-makers to return to an equity-driven agenda that builds stronger systems nationwide and a more promising future.
Rebecca Boxx
March 26, 2013
Collaborative efforts at curbing chronic absenteeism in Providence reveal the power and importance of collective impact.
Sheryl Petty
February 28, 2013
The recently released report For Each and Every Child from the federally appointed Equity and Excellence Commission identifies deep disparities in educational opportunities, experiences, and outcomes for educators and students and outlines actionable recommendations for progress. However, to pursue those recommendations, significant reflection, bravery, and action will be needed by educators and other change agents.
Warren Simmons
January 3, 2013
The standards-based, market-driven reforms favored by federal education policy address important needs – but to achieve meaningful reform at scale, we need a broader approach that builds in equity, includes community stakeholders, and aims to strengthen democracy as well as the economy.
Keith Catone and Alexa LeBoeuf
November 12, 2012
Youth – the most talked about constituency in our schools – are on the front lines of school reform, which gives them the unique expertise needed to shape reform work in a meaningful way.
Barbara Gross
October 18, 2012
Now, more than ever, organized parents and youth, in a growing alliance with organized teachers, will be at the forefront of saving and improving public schools for all children.
Warren Simmons
September 14, 2012
Teaching quality is the subject of ever-increasing national attention, but how do we define and measure it – and how do we use that information to improve student outcomes?
Jacob Mishook, Elsa Dure, and Norm Fruchter
August 23, 2012
Districts are essential to turn around struggling schools – but districts must build their capacity to support those schools and include communities and other stakeholders in turnaround decisions.
Sara McAlister and Cassandra Tavaras
July 30, 2012
The success of community organizing is rooted in the idea of relational power – power developed collaboratively with others, rather than power over others.
Sara McAlister
July 24, 2012
The DOE consistently ignores its own requirement that failing schools must develop ways to incorporate parents and the community in their turnarounds in exchange for progress waivers.
Warren Simmons
June 19, 2012
When secondary and post-secondary institutions share student data to pinpoint the factors leading to college readiness, they must address political, social, and cultural issues as well as technical challenges to avoid replicating old inequities with new technology.
Warren Simmons
June 14, 2012
The TIme to Succeed Coalition, endorsed by a wide range of education stakeholders, holds that well-designed expanded learning time that goes beyond simply adding hours can provide high-poverty schools with the educational and extracurricular opportunities often available as a matter of course in higher-income communities.
Jacob Mishook and Alethea Frazier-Raynor
May 29, 2012
Today’s discussions of education reform are heavily focused on individual rewards and sanctions, but a growing body of research supports the collective capacity-building approach taken by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
Norm Fruchter
April 26, 2012
The New York City Working Group on School Transformation recently released a report critical of the New York City education department's policy on school closings, citing data showing that schools targeted for closure had higher percentages of high-needs students than other NYC public schools. There are legitimate alternatives to this alarming trend.
Keith Catone with Mark R. Warren
April 3, 2012
The recent "A Match on Dry Grass" conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education underscores that community organizing has become a powerful force for education change, and nurturing its growth is key to achieving equity for underserved youth living in high poverty.
Keith Catone
March 16, 2012
An ethnic studies program that was banned by a controversial Arizona state law should be reinstated and championed as a national model of best practice.
Jaein Lee and Jacob Mishook
March 9, 2012
School counselors play an important role in helping students become college ready.
Warren Simmons
January 18, 2012
The annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., underscores the ongoing racial inequality in public school education, but the emergence of education organizing as a school reform tactic offers a promising alternative.
Ellen Foley
January 5, 2012
The intended role of charter schools as an innovation stimulus is too often ignored in the overheated debates between advocates and critics – but one small district in Rhode Island is showing how it's done.
Jacob Mishook
December 16, 2011
Unless districts put early warning indicators in place and provide appropriate interventions to students identified as struggling, higher standards will only serve to increase dropout rates.
Keith Catone with contributor John Rogers
November 14, 2011
As interest in parent organizing and engagement grows across the country, AISR's Keith Catone and UCLA IDEA's John Rogers contrast genuine grassroots parent power to impact education reform with the "Astroturf" version recently presented by Bruno Manno.
Warren Simmons
October 31, 2011
AISR’s executive director, Warren Simmons, reflects on what it will take to end inequities in access to effective teaching.