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Ten Years: Policy in 3-D

Ten years ago, I enrolled in Swarthmore’s Education Policy seminar, then taught by Eva Travers. I was a year away from completing a Special Major in Educational Studies and Psychology, and deeply invested in looking at how school contexts worked—and didn’t work—for students, especially low-income students of color.

Implementing Ethnic Studies in California Public Schools

This paper explores the fight for ethnic studies in California public schools from two angles: the legislative push for the state to take action, and grassroots organizing by community organizers, students, teachers, parents, and others. Considering the success of grassroots organizing in implementing ethnic studies programming on a district-by-district basis, in contrast with...

Implementing Ethnic Studies in California Public Schools

This paper explores the fight for ethnic studies in California public schools from two angles: the legislative push for the state to take action, and grassroots organizing by community organizers, students, teachers, parents, and others. Considering the success of grassroots organizing in implementing ethnic studies programming on a district-by-district basis, in contrast with...

More than Numbers: Recruitment and Retention of Teachers of Color in U.S. Public Schools

Recent scholarship has demonstrated the improved educational outcome of students of color when their teachers are of a similar background (Villegas Kohli, 2016). This article presents a case for recruiting teachers of color and the development and support for programs that would lower teacher turnover rates. In addition, I present possible and endorse existing programs to recruit...