Additional Equity Resources

  • Concept Paper: Building an Equity Framework for Full Service Community Schools and Promise Neighborhood Schools 
    By Urban Strategies and Promise Neighborhood Institute
    While many working on full service community schools and Promise Neighborhood schools are committed to equity and believe equity to be implicit in all of their work, Urban Strategies and Promise Neighborhood Institute believe that that there needs to be an explicit equity framework for full service community schools (FSCS) and for Promise Neighborhood Schools (PNS). 

    Leveling the Playing Field: Community Schools Confront Poverty to Improve Student Success
    By United Way of the Bay Area and Partnership for Children and Youth
    The paper examines the ways in which poverty and education are inextricably linked and explore one approach to K-12 education that is creating new opportunities for low-income youth. Community schools confront poverty and education together by working in partnership with the community to bring critical resources into the school in an integrated educational experience. From after-school to health clinics to parent education programs, community schools provide low-income youth a level playing field.

    Racial Equity Tools
    Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

    A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South and Nation
    The Southern Education Foundation reports that a majority of American public school students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch. In the South and the West, the rates are over 50%.

    Integrated Student Success
    This paper summarizes the results of a comprehensive examination by Child Trends of the research and evidence base for integrated student success, and its potential to help a range of disadvantaged, marginalized, or struggling students.

    School Climate and Discipline
    The U.S. Department of Education webpage offers guiding principles and resources for curbing disparities in school disciplinary policies that show stark inequities.

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