For Judith

By David E. Kirkland I met Regent Judith Johnson shortly after I became executive director of NYU Metro Center. She requested to meet with me, personally extending an invitation “to talk” via email. Hers was always a personal touch. Rather than having her assistant reach out to me, she reached out herself. Our first conversation […]

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 The Spoils of Whiteness: New York City’s Gifted and Talented Programs

By Norm Fruchter In 1973, the Vincent Astor Foundation funded New York City to initiate programs for gifted students in 40 Manhattan and Brooklyn schools. In 1983, after I was elected to the Community School Board in Brooklyn’s District 15, I learned that our district had developed Astor program gifted tracks—one class to each grade—in […]

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 How Participatory Research Can Undo the “Single Story”

By Joanna Geller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” turned 10 years old this summer, yet her message still resonates. Adichie cautions that stories become dangerous when they “show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” She defines this […]

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 Reblog: Linking Equity to Practice: A User-Friendly Tool to Document How Educators Center Students

By Leah Q. Peoples, Evan M. Johnston, and Pamela D’Andrea Martínez In a blog post originally published on the Students at the Center HUB, NYU Metro Center researchers share an essential research tool (CR-MBE interview questions) that can be adapted for school research use, empowering those most implicated by research to own the research in […]

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 A Better System for Our Children: Supporting the Enrichment of All

By David E. Kirkland On Friday, September 20, 2019, the New York Daily News published an op-ed I wrote supporting the recommendations of the NYC School Diversity Advisory Group—of which I am a member—to rethink gifted education.  This is why I wrote the op-ed.  In 2017, when NYCDOE first released its plan to increase diversity in NYC […]

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 Roots That Never Die: Deepening NYU Metro Center’s Role In The Integration Movement

By Matt Gonzales In 1981, NYU Metro Center established the Desegregation Assistance Center (known today in USDOE as the Equity Assistance Centers) to support the important mission outlined by the historic 1954 Supreme Court Decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, which outlawed segregated schools in America. In subsequent years, NYU Metro Center […]

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