Back to Educational Leadership April 2019 Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America’s Schools
Separate and Still Unequal: Race in America’s Schools
Volume 76, Number 7
Marking the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling, Educational Leadership examines pressing issues and opportunities surrounding race in America’s schools today. The April 2019 issue offers ideas on how today’s educators can understand and address racial issues and help fulfill Brown’s promise to dismantle segregation and inequity in education.
12 What Black Educators Built
Vanessa Siddle Walker
Segregation-era black educators set the groundwork for an equitable and aspirational education system for all. How can we get back to their vision?
20 Why School Integration Matters
Pedro A. Noguera
Despite the challenges, efforts to further and support integration remain indispensable.
30 Widening the Lens: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum
Educators need to ensure that students of color see themselves as part of the picture, says the renowned psychologist and author.
34 Embracing the Effects of Demographic Change
Kfir Mordechay, Patricia Gándara, and Gary Orfield
How can education leaders respond to population shifts and housing preferences to keep the promises of Brown alive?
44 Countering the Adultification of Black Girls
Monique W. Morris
Black girls deserve to be treated like the developing young people they are.
51 “Shock Value” Is Overrated in Race Conversations
Despite popular wisdom, teachers should never treat racial discussions with students as a “moment’s theater.”
56 Avoiding Racial Equity Detours
Students experiencing racial inequities can’t wait for schools to move at their own pace and comfort level.
62 Getting Mindful About Race in Schools
Cultivating awareness of unconscious biases can help schools shrink opportunity gaps.
68 Desegregated Schools, Unequal Assignments
Tanji Reed Marshall
Studies of assignment quality show that black students continue to be subject to deficit thinking.
74 A “Color-Aware” Approach to Data
Rachel Roegman, Ala Samarapungavan, Yukiko Maeda, and Gary Johns
When school leaders overlook race in their data analyses, the consequences for students can be damaging.
79 A Necessary Conversation
How do we progress in exploring questions about race and schools that many try to avoid?
7 Reader’s Guide/65 Years Later, Promises Unfulfilled
85 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Public Spirit in the Classroom
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
How schools can teach the common good.
87 Leading together/Following the Lead of Teachers of Color
Jill Harrison Berg
Approaches all leaders can use to help students of color.
89 Confronting Inequity/Lessons from Pre-Brown Teachers
H. Richard Milner IV
Four key practices to support students of color.
91 One to Grow On/The Invisible Students
Carol Ann Tomlinson
After 50 years in schools, I know racism is not a “distant memory.”
93 ASCD Policy Priorities/Raise the Caps!
Cuts to education funding loom—unless Congress acts.
4 Readers React
84 Tell Me About
Readers share how they changed their curriculum or teaching practice to be culturally inclusive.
94 Index to Advertisers
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways
Honest Talk on Race and Education
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Opening the Door for All Students
Cindy Harcum, Ndaneh Smart-Smith, and Sedrick Smith
How a historic high school equalized access to high-level courses.
How Our Language Feeds Inequity
Robin Avelar La Salle and Ruth S. Johnson
The words we use to label students can either lift them up or box them in.
Robin DiAngelo on Educators’ “White Fragility”
Why is race so hard to talk about?
Video: Unequal Treatment
Chaunté Garrett describes how inequitable policies and practices are keeping segregation within schools alive.