Exploring the Principles of Schooltalk

In March 2021, I spoke with principal Candace Hunstad, school instructional coach Brigid Dux, ESOL teacher/school equity lead Samantha Gauta (all of Fairhill Elementary), and district coordinator of professional learning/cultural responsiveness Junena Thomas — all educators from Fairfax County, Virginia — about their use of Schooltalk for sustained antiracist equity work at the school level. It was a really exciting discussion about how to go beyond initial use of books to long-term use of texts for change. Sharing here to support others in similarly sustained efforts!

Session guide here.

Leveraging a University to Create Local Opportunities to Learn

These conversation starters on the CREATE STEM Success Initiative at UC San Diego share our Center’s efforts to leverage an entire university to create local opportunities to learn. This is essential antiracist equity work. Rather than just describe unequal opportunities as education researchers, we actually work to create more opportunities to go around.

“The CREATE STEM Success Initiative: Year 6 Report.” The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UC San Diego, July 2019.

“The CREATE STEM Success Initiative: Year 5 Report.” The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UC San Diego, July 2018.

“The CREATE STEM Success Initiative: Year 4 Report.” The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UC San Diego, July 2017.

“The CREATE STEM Success Initiative: Year 3 Report.” The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UC San Diego, July 2016.

“The CREATE STEM Success Initiative: Year 2 Report.” The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UC San Diego, July 2015.

“The CREATE STEM Success Initiative: Year 1 Report.” The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), UC San Diego, July 2014.

Mica Pollock, Susan Yonezawa and Barbara Edwards. “Solving the Math Problem in San Diego Together.” San Diego Union Tribune, May 23, 2014. (This conversation starter talks about the key role of math in K12 opportunity.)

“From Denial to Creation: Meeting the Opportunity Goals of Title VI Today.” Anthropology News, June 2014. (This conversation starter talks about the key role of universities in local opportunity creation.)

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