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Getting to Good Schools. NAACP’s Education Agenda. Our Goals. Attack institutional racism in education with a national campaign for Excellence & Equity A campaign is a sustained plan for change using strategies that impact our issues. Identify issues in agenda Identify promising strategies

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getting to good schools

Getting to Good Schools

NAACP’s Education Agenda

our goals
Our Goals
  • Attack institutional racism in education with a national campaign for Excellence & Equity

A campaign is a sustained plan for change using strategies that impact our issues.

    • Identify issues in agenda
    • Identify promising strategies
    • Apply known tactics to each strategy
    • Target our campaign to turnaround schools
turnaround schools
Turnaround Schools
  • Bottom 5% of a state’s schools, ranked by test scores
    • Includes dropout factory high schools
  • Annual federal School Improvement Grants given to reform
  • States choose which districts get funds to help low performing schools
turnaround models
Turnaround Models
  • Schools must either:
    • Fire and rehire staff, change instructional program,
    • Be turned over to a charter management organization
    • Be closed and students are dispersed elsewhere
    • Fire principal, change instructional program in specific ways ( extended learning time, community services);
      • only ½ schools eligible
  • Potential Implications:
    • Staff shortages worsen; shuffle among low performing schools
    • Growth in number of charters outpaces capacity
    • Overcrowding at recipient schools, achievement suffers
our request each unit branch picks one
Our request – Each unit/branch picks one
  • Participate in the Campaign for Equity & Excellence by:
  • Adopting (at least) one issue area in education
  • Committing to (at least) one strategy
  • Targeting turnaround schools
  • Applying tactics that fit your community
  • Working to perfect our education organizing capacity
our issue agenda
Our Issue Agenda
  • Increasing Resource Equity
    • Target funds to neediest kids
  • Ensuring College & Career Readiness
    • Path to success after graduation
our issue agenda1
Our Issue Agenda
  • Improving Teaching

Grow our own great teachers now

  • Improving Discipline

Eliminate zero tolerance; keep kids in school

*All applied to turnaround schools

teachers who close the achievement gap
Teachers who close the achievement gap
  • fully prepared when they entered teaching,
  • had taught for more than two years,
  • certified in field &/or by National Board
strategies to improve teaching
Strategies to improve teaching
  • Strategies:
    • Stronger, More Diverse Pipeline (preparation)
      • Tactics: ID future teachers, TEACH grants, residencies
    • More Mentoring & Coaching (slows turnover)
      • Tactics: Lead Teacher, mentoring, new teacher supports
    • More teachers with Advanced Certification(certification)
      • Tactics: Support for National certification, changes to state licensing
putting it all together medium engagement
Putting it all together – medium engagement
  • Branches with a medium interest in advanced certification
    • Arrange a local media profile (communications)
    • Conduct & share a survey of teachers(education)
    • Form an advisory board (advocacy)
    • Hold ascorecard rally(grassroots)
putting it all together escalating tactics
Putting it all together – escalating tactics
  • Branches interested in strengthening & diversifying the teacher pipeline could:
    • Distribute information about TEACH grants (low, education)
    • Appeal to the school board for incentives (med, advocacy)
    • Raise funds & challenge board to supplement TEACH grants (high, direct action)
strategies to improve discipline
Strategies to improve discipline
  • School Leader Intervention – make aware of impacts
    • Education Tactics?
  • Racial Disparities Report – highlights disparate impact in school/district
    • Advocacy Tactic?
  • Cross School Policies Review – review school/district policy & compare to more beneficial models
    • Direct Action Tactic?
putting it all together discipline policy review
Putting it all together: discipline policy review
  • With a medium level of member interest, a branch might choose:
    • A tale of two students (communication)
    • Town hall for parents (education)
    • Group meets with district administrator (advocacy)
    • Petition the school board for policy change (direct action)
it takes a whole village branch or unit
It takes a whole village (branch or unit)…
  • The Political Action Committee can
    • attend school board meetings in support of education committee members
    • help keep units informed of laws, rules and budget decisions impacting schools
    • advocate for more favorable laws, rules and budget decisions impacting schools
  • Legal Redress can:
    • help evaluate and prepare legal claims, Title VI complaints, requests to join lawsuits or file friend of the court briefs.
    • help interpret and describe constitutional and civil rights dimensions of education issues
  • Membership? Young Adult?
Q & A
  • Whole Group:
    • Name, from, query
  • Table specific:
    • What are the most pressing issues in your community?
    • What do you consider your greatest success?
    • What do you consider your greatest challenge?
  • Sharing what’s in common
thanks for participating

Thanks for participating!

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