Racial diversity among teachers is one of the most pressing issues in education. Karla Vigil and Carlon Howard of EduLeaders of Color explain why this disparity exists, and what we can do to change it.
Thoughtful consideration reveals that the QPA framework is founded on a set of assumptions. These five non-negotiable qualities are essential to building a successful performance assessment system.
The QPA Validation Checklist is quite versatile. See how educators in New Hampshire used this tool to reflect on their practice and receive feedback.
MCIEA alone is not enough. We need a grassroots movement, in Massachusetts and across the nation, of educators, parents, and community members that come together to advocate for new accountability systems at the local, state, and national levels that engage students and promote self-reflective school improvement.
Debates about whether a school ought to be closed overlook fundamental questions. Are the metrics used to measure schools reasonable? What makes us think that these are the measures that best capture what matters most? And how can we justify turning away from the testimonies of students, teachers, and families who know, love, and fight for these schools?
The process of innovating must ensure a strong, diverse representation, community-driven decisions, and equitable learning that includes an exploration of identity and bias. The new school designs must feature culturally-responsive curriculum, just policies, and broad community engagement.
Neema Avashia, a teacher at McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, shares the power of student communities in the face of school closures and other crises.