The National Coalition
for Equity in Education (NCEE) - a coalition of early childhood through
university educators - supports the achievement of equity in education.
NCEE's work is based on the Perspectives
on Equity and a commitment to provide emotional and intellectual
support to educators as they work for the transformation of educational
and promote practices and policies in educational settings that support
human learning and develop strategies to eliminate those practices and
policies that injure people and interfere with their learning.
A cornerstone of many educational
change efforts is "All children can learn," yet, in many settings, little
time is spent reflecting on, or discussing, what that means.
- Who are all children?
- What does it mean to learn?
- How must schools change
in order for all children to learn?
- What are the causes of
failure to learn or decisions not to learn?
- How does bias and prejudice
(individual and institutional, conscious and unconscious) affect teaching,
learning, and school policies?
Equity in education is more complex than celebrating diversity. It requires
articulating individual and school goals and making changes in practices.
NCEE approach incorporates:
- An ongoing effort to learn
about how bias and prejudice affects schools, learning, and teaching.
- Reflection on and confronting
one's own beliefs and assumptions about equity.
- Use of structures that provide
a safe environment for emotional healing to take place.
- People being listened to
as they talk about their thoughts, feelings, concerns, and early memories
(as target, bystander, or perpetrator) of different forms of bias.
- Development of leaders who
understand the depth and breadth of equity issues and are able to raise
controversial issues while building unity.
- Strategies that address
policies, practices, and personal transformation while focusing on specific
academic disciplines or school goals.
for Equity in Education
Department of Education
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ca 93106-7090