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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Expanding College Access: Lessons from an Innovative Educational Model

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By Joy Sanzone When Robert Smith made headlines promising to repay the student loan debt of nearly 400 graduates of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, he brought the issue of rising college costs back to the forefront of the national conversation. Nationally, there has been a growing outcry for greater college access for all students. Policy-makers have […]

NYU Metro Center Affirms Anti-Bias Education

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Biases continue to outline the contours of American schooling, targeting intersectional identities while lingering in school policies and practices and hardening in the minds and imaginations of many educators. In spite of this, there is a rapidly spreading sentiment that training against bias is flawed, that a system that produces and maintains static racial disparities […]

Staying the Course: Predictable Challenges on the Path to Equity and Racial Justice

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By Natalie McCabe Zwerger For folx who are committed to disrupting and dismantling inequity and racial injustice, there is nothing unfamiliar about the ways the work can be undermined, de-legitimized, and sabotaged. In fact, books have and likely will continue to be written about these challenges. The truth is though: if we can predict it, […]

The Roots of Equity and Transformation: Presenting the Mission, Vision, and Values of NYU Metro Center

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By Paloma Garcia Following a two-year process, the team at NYU Metro Center revised its mission and vision and solidified five core values to guide its work. The revisions were not made by a few people within the organization, but rather engaged the entire NYU Metro Center family—16 units made up of close to 100 […]

The Mastery Collaborative Approach: Student Centered, Culturally Responsive, and Competency-Based

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NYU Metro Center is working with the Mastery Collaborative to conduct the Culturally Responsive Mastery-Based Education Research Project (CR-MBE) which aims to understand how culturally responsive mastery-based practices influence historically marginalized students’ learning, school engagement, and academic outcomes. Check out the blog post below to learn more about the significance of this research. This blog […]

Why Is Public School Curriculum Still Whites Only?

Do an internet search for children’s books by or about people of color, and you will find dozens of lists with hundreds of books, including the 1,000 Black Girl Books compiled by 13-year old Marley Dias. In fact, if you search “children’s book author” together with any number of diverse ethnicities, in seconds you can […]