Paula Johnson

Achieving Integrated Schooling – Podcast Episode 187 | Classnotes Podcast 187

Paula JohnsonDavid Hinojosa, J.D.Classnotes Podcast (November 27, 2018) Communities and schools across the country are becoming more segregated across racial, ethnic and class lines. But many educators and advocates are looking for solutions to ensure schools are integrated. The  IDRA EAC-South is one of four federally-funded equity assistance centers that help school districts build capacity of educators to ensure a more equitable learning environment for all students. These centers have jointly created the Equity-Based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling to assist school districts considering, or actively pursuing, integrated schooling. In this episode, David Hinojosa, J.D., director of the IDRA EAC-South, and Paula Johnson, Ph.D., associate director of the IDRA EAC-South, give an overview of the framework and its three components of (1) inclusive, co-constructive planning; (2) school-based supports; and (3) outcome measures.

Show length: 13:51 min

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Equity-Based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling – A Framework for School Districts and Communities in Designing Racially and Economically Integrated Schools

Essential Approaches for Excellence & Sustainable School System Transformation – The Equity-Centered Capacity Building Network (ECCBN)  journal addressing systems capacity building approaches that drive both equity and excellence

Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework™ – IDRA’s book shows how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students.

Infographic on the Six Generations of Civil Rights and Educational Equity 

Using Socioeconomic Indicators as a Tool for School Diversity and Integration

Six Goals of Educational Equity and Reform – Equity Ranking Scale

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Show Notes

  • Paula begins with the background of desegregation of US public schools following the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling in 1954, and then a shift back toward resegregation beginning in the 1990s.

  • David outlines the three components of the Equity-Based Framework for Achieving Integrated Schooling.

  • Paula shares examples of IDRA EAC-South work on the first two components: one project with a community advisory committee that is focused on school discipline and student achievement and another with school leaders to create an equity plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

  • For the third component of the framework, David talks about opportunities for schools to drive outcome measures, while also considering the related policy implications on transportation, teacher quality, and attendance zones.

  • Paula explains why resource equity in schools should encompass both structural needs (facilities and materials) and academic needs (a diverse teacher population and professional development).

  • Paula reinforces the value of looking at school data through an equity lens