Recommended Resource: Education Justice in the Next Four Years

One organization we admire is The Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Their mission and dedication is inspiring. Each month they put together an excellent newsletter, as well as publishing industry leading journal Voices in Urban Education. In response to the election they published a special online-only edition of VUE focused specifically on what actions and initiatives can be taken during the Trump administration to continue to advance the movement for education justice. Below Is a listing of the articles featured in the digital-journal and link to where you can find it online. This is a rich resource congregations, advocates, and educators can bookmark and come back to again and again.


Released just before the inauguration, this special online-only issue of VUE features interviews with key leaders in public education reflecting on what lies ahead for our work in educational justice in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Each interview offers a unique perspective, but a few common themes emerge: that now is a time for action at the state and local level, a time to think creatively about forming new coalitions and developing a new generation of leaders, and a time to ensure that schools serve as safe spaces for all students.

Post-Election Apprehension, Activism, and Educational Justice
by Keith C. Catone“I call what we were experiencing after the election a moment of ‘anxious apprehension,’ which can also be a moment of activist birth that sets the stage for a new level of consciousness to be awakened.”

District Leadership: A Time for Activism and Coalitions
by Deborah Jewell-Sherman

“After the election I wrote to all of my students – past and present – and said, ‘We were born for a moment such as this. And we will do what is necessary to secure the future for all children.’”

In the Classroom: Pedagogy to Activate Student Voices
by José Luis Vilson“We need to give students the ability to activate their own voice, to speak up, and create spaces for them to solve problems that we may not be able to see as adults.”

Youth Activists: Be Proud of Who You Are, and Never Stop Fighting
by Licelot (Lee) Caraballo, Aidan Donahue, and Thaina Merlain

“You still have your voice. You still have people power. Continue to fight for what you believe in.”

Education Policy Moving Forward: Power and Progress at the State Level
by Linda Darling-Hammond

“The onus now is on educators, community organizations, civil rights organizations, and others in the states to engage with state agencies to build new approaches to educational improvement.”

Foundations as Change Agents: Developing Leadership and Infrastructure
by Kent McGuire

“We’re going to advance a narrative about what needs to change and see if we can grow a group of new leaders who will be courageous but also smart enough to push in that direction.”

 Education Activism: A Moment to Stand Up
by Keron Blair

“I think people see this as a call to really stand up, and say, ‘Our schools will be safe places. Our schools will be sanctuaries. We will have good public schools in our communities, and we will fight for them.’”

Going Local: Priorities and Strategies for Municipal Leaders
by Audrey M. Hutchinson

“Municipal officials know that education is tied to quality of life and public safety; cities are better off when more people are well-educated.”

A View from Academia: Creative Strategies for New Coalitions
by Kenneth Wong

“Charter schools and traditional public schools should not be avoiding one another, but instead I think we need to convene as soon as we can to explore common ground. We are all serving similar students, similar needs, and we are facing similar challenges.”


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