Equity-Centered Capacity Building for Stronger Schools – Podcast Episode 165 | Classnotes Podcast 165

Dr. Bradley ScottClassnotes Podcast (July 18, 2016) Seeing the fragmentation of school reform efforts across the country, a group of experts came together to pull together capacity-building approaches for school and system change. This network offers a lens, skills and specific strategies to support school systems, communities and states to address issues of power, race, poverty, special education status, gender and other dynamics of difference, as well as historical community, cultural and political tensions as they relate to the healthy functioning of school systems. Sheryl Petty, Ed.D., of the Movement Tapestries and Management Assistance Group, gives an overview of this new network and the journal that was published earlier this year, Essential Approaches for Excellence & Sustainable School System Transformation. She also describes three capacity building communities of practice that need to be connected in this work. Sheryl is interviewed by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., former director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity, who also contributed a chapter in the ECCBN journal.

Show length: 18:11

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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 latest 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 
Since 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, great strides have been made in schools. But the fact remains that equity in schools has still not been reached. But for students – who by virtue of their race, ethnic background, sex or national origin are deprived of their civil rights and an equal opportunity to a quality education – equity is a promise they are depending on for their future. Ever since the landmark ruling, our nation has progressed through a series of phases – or generations – of civil rights in education.

Six Goals of Education Equity 
Every child in each school district, of any background, should have the chance to excel. Schools must ensure that all students are on track to graduate, prepared for college. To help schools and communities look together at these goals and create a plan of action, the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity has outlined Six Goals of Educational Equity that school personnel and communities can use as a yardstick to measure their progress and as a lightning rod to galvanize change.

Equal Access to a Quality Education – The Civil Rights Issue of Our Generation
Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel keynote, March 29, 2011

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Show Notes

  • Sheryl shares how the network first came together, and the members’ desire to share resources and unite efforts on the equity- and excellence-centered capacity-building projects they were part of.

  • Sheryl and Bradley discuss how the group is exploring the relationship between equity and excellence – what these words actually mean and how they impact partnerships with communities and school boards, educational systems, and the classroom experience.

  • Sheryl talks about her introductory article in the journal, and the importance of connecting three types of capacity-building communities of practice:
    (1) Equitable, Cultural, and Relational
    (2) Structural and Technical, and
    (3) Functional.

  • Bradley asks Sheryl about the implications of the network’s collaborative efforts on teachers and administrators.

  • Sheryl shares three areas that the network wants to explore next:
    (1) preparation of educators,
    (2) community organizing, and
    (3) assessments of student success.