COSEBOC announces the publication of a new report, “Racial Equity and Student-Centered Learning”. This report was jointly developed with the Education Development Center (EDC) and funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF).
The report presents the results of a series of focus groups and interviews with high school students, parents, educators, local advocates, and community-based organizations from across New England conducted by the COSEBOC/EDC team with assistance from local partners.
The report describes examples of systemic racism, oppression, and racial inequities reflected across a wide range of policies and practices that affect students of color in schools across the region. It also highlights the potential for Student-Centered Learning practices to advance racial equity, but only as part of broader, community-informed efforts that integrate other racial equity strategies and practices. Community-based organizations working with students are well-positioned to organize and carry out such efforts in partnerships with local education leaders.
The next phase of this project has already begun. During this phase, the COSEBOC/EDC team will use a participatory action research approach to investigate the development and use of equitable student-centered learning practices by community stakeholders to advance racial equity in schools.