Civil Rights Road to Deeper Learning: Five Essentials for Equity
Published by: Teachers College Press
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Sales Date: 2022-09-23
Published: September 2022
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Page Count: 144 Pages
Dimensions: 6.10 x 9.00
144 Pages, 6.10 x 9.00 x 0.30 in
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This concise and compelling book outlines the key civil rights conditions that are essential to deeper learning?the skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in 21st-century jobs and life. It describes schools that enable young people, including those traditionally furthest from opportunity, to develop into caring and critical problem solvers, effective communicators, collaborators, and scholars. The book also describes the community and school inequities that have created persistent obstacles to these goals and the civil rights actions that have been and continue to be needed to remove them. These include policies and practices that ensure safe and healthy communities, equitable investments in public schools, supports for competent teachers, strategies for welcoming and nurturing school climates, and innovative curricula. The authors examine the civil-rights?based pathways that lead to these goals, highlighting examples of exemplary schools that offer the kind of deeper learning that engages and empowers students. This successor to Linda Darling-Hammond?s Grawemeyer Award?winner, The Flat World and Education, is a big-picture view of what constitutes deeper learning?where it is found and what enables it?and what must be done to address the learning needs of all children.
- Offers a concise treatment written in a voice that will be accessible to a wide range of readers.
- Pulls together three key strands of the learning needs of children (civil rights, educational opportunity, and deeper learning), the distinct inequalities in their delivery, past efforts at combating inequality, and legal and educational paths forward.
- Examines neighborhood and environmental inequities that can compromise learning, along with inadequate school funding and segregation.
- Looks at the professional teaching quality imbalance between rich and poor districts and the inferior curriculum offerings for marginalized populations.
- Includes numerous examples of schools that succeed at deeper learning and equity and explains how they do so.
Series Foreword James A. Banks ?vii
Foreword Eliza Byard ?xiii
1. ?Introduction ?1
Deeper Learning in Action ?2
The Civil Rights Foundation ?9
2. ?A Safe and Healthy Community ?13
Environmental Injustice and Education: The Case of Flint, Michigan ?15
Beyond Flint ?19
The Civil Rights Contribution and Road Ahead ?22
3. ?Well-Resourced School Systems ?28
The Long-Term Fight for Adequate and Equitable School Resources ?28
How School Finance Influences Opportunities for Deeper Learning ?30
The Civil Rights Contribution and Road Ahead ?33
4. ?Supportive and Inclusive Schools ?39
Why Positive School Climate Matters ?39
How School Climate Is Constructed ?41
School Climate and Deeper Learning ?43
School Exclusion and Discrimination ?45
Community Schools and Wraparound Supports ?50
The Civil Rights Contribution and Road Ahead ?54
5. ?High-Quality Teaching ?59
Teaching for Deeper Learning ?59
Access to Well-Prepared Teachers ?65
The Civil Rights Contribution and Road Ahead ?68
A Marshall Plan for Teaching ?71
6. ?High-Quality Curriculum ?73
Inequalities in Access to Deeper Learning ?73
How Access to Deeper Learning Can Be Secured ?75
The Civil Rights Contribution and Road Ahead ?81
7. ?Conclusion ?84
About the Authors ?128