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#OurChallengeOurHope: Celebrating a Year Committed to Equity

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One year ago, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) launched #OurChallengeOurHope, a campaign to honor the anniversary and legacy of the Supreme Court’s landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Since then, our campaign has highlighted the many inequities that still exist for students of color and other historically underserved populations.

We examined the challenges that students of color face on their path to a high school diploma and the obstacles that prevent many of them from enrolling in and completing college. We looked at the role that race still plays in our schools and how biased discipline policies push many of our neediest students out of school and into the criminal justice system. We highlighted the unique needs of Latino students, students experiencing homelessness, students with disabilities, and English language learners—marginalized groups that too often fall through the cracks. Finally, we explored issues of digital equity and the homework gap, topics that have become even more relevant since schools nationwide have closed and transitioned to remote learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that this anniversary year has come and gone, we must make sure the promises outlined in the Brown case don’t dim until the next anniversary. As long as any of our students lack the resources and support they need to thrive, our schools will remain separate and unequal. During the coming year, we will continue to elevate the challenges that historically underserved students face and the hope we find in our combined efforts to eliminate educational inequities.

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Resources

Supporting Schools During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Read the latest updates from All4Ed about how federal policymakers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and take action to support home internet access for students.

A Whole–School Approach for Supporting English Language Learners
This webinar examines how educators meet the needs of English language learners (ELL) using innovative teaching practices, ample support, and engagement from the school administrators to foster a collaborative approach between English as a second language (ESL) teachers and content–area teachers.

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
This webinar examines the role educators and community leaders play in preventing students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline. The expert panel of education and community leaders discusses how in-school and out-of-school influences contribute to setting students on a trajectory to incarceration and the policies and practices that can steer students back toward success.

Recognizing and Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
For the 2016–2017 school year, there were as many homeless students—1.3 million—as there were people living in Dallas, Texas, America’s ninth-largest city. Without the proper support, homeless students often struggle in school, evidenced by their 64 percent high school graduation rate. In this webinar, an expert panel shares their knowledge on how educators can recognize and support students who are experiencing homelessness.

Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Schools
More than half of public school students are students of color and yet only 18 percent of public school teachers and 20 percent of public school principals are individuals of color. With an educator workforce that largely does not represent the students it serves, how can schools support the needs of diverse learners who walk their halls each day? In this webinar, panelists share their experiences as leaders committed to equity and tips to foster conversations about race and inclusion that break down walls and strengthen school communities.

Improving Low College Persistence Among Students of Color
This webinar examines why increasing retention and postsecondary graduation rates among students of color is so important for students and the nation as a whole. The expert panel offers examples of strategies and programs that two- and four-year postsecondary institutions can adopt to better serve their students of color prior to and after their enrollment, ensuring that these students graduate prepared to succeed in today’s job market.

Falling Through the Cracks: Students Without High School Diplomas
More than 2,000 of America’s public high schools graduate two-thirds or fewer of their students. The majority of students in these schools, with an average graduation rate of 40 percent, are Black, Latino, and from low-income families. This webinar spotlights the work that must be done and offers solutions to schools, districts, states, and federal policymakers on how they can advocate for students who are furthest from opportunity.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.