How Participatory Research Can Undo the “Single Story”

Family at a protest with daughter holding a sign that reads "When you're tired of waiting, stand up."

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

NYU Metro Center Affirms Anti-Bias Education

multr-racial and multi-gender group of students sit and work in a classroom

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 […]

My Voice, Youth Voice, in the Movement for REAL Integration

Written by Iman Abdul Last fall, while sitting next to New York Times reporter and MacArthur Genius, Nikole Hannah-Jones, in an auditorium at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, New York, I made the following statement: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” This quote […]

Understanding Disproportionality Part 4: TAC-D’s Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) Framework and Equity Teams

Written by Jaspreet Kaur This is the final installment of our 4-part blog series on disproportionality.  We encourage you to view our previous posts on disproportionality so you can get a full picture of what it is and what the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D) at NYU Metro Center is doing to eliminate it. […]

Understanding Disproportionality Part 3: TAC-D’s Root Cause Analysis Approach

Written by Jaspreet Kaur Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on disproportionality covered what the problem of disproportionality is and how it presents itself throughout the education system. This piece and the final (upcoming) piece of this series highlights the transformative work the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D) engages in to dismantle […]