RESTARTING WITH EQUITY: A CONVERSATION WITH LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND
Linda Darling-Hammond is a Stanford University Professor, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, and has been a close advisor to President Biden and led his education transition team. She shares her experience and insights in a recent interview. Highlights below:
- We need to create opportunities to communicate with each other
- Activating policies needed to result in equitable educational experiences
- Students will need to learn to be flexible, adaptable, and collaborative for the common good.
- US has historically had a very unequal education system.
- Greater segregation and inequity since 1980’s.
- Need to deal with all of the level of inequalities to correct the problem.
- We need performance based assessments that demonstrate what kids know and can do with that learning.
- Assessments should tell where they are to allow interventions.
- Flexibility for teachers to innovate to meet students’ needs.
Distinctions between states and schools
- US knows how to and has been innovative.
- We have so much inequality in our system, not designed in a coherent way in most states.
- We need to be built on an equity presumption and access to resources and strong professional knowledge to implement good ideas for all kids.
- We need a holistic reform such as that implemented by: Massachusetts (early 90s), North Carolina (90s), Maryland, New Jersey (more recently), and more.
- We are off to a very good start towards a more integrated approach to “Build Back Better”.
- We are in a moment of hope!
Watch full interview here: https://ncee.org/2021/06/linda-darling-hammond/