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Websites offer extensive resources for institutions and individuals who want to learn more about cultural diversity, social justice, and equity. Critical and historical background essays as well as curricula and activities for P-12 through graduate courses are just a couple of the areas that are covered on these websites. Many are continuously updated.


EdChange
This rich, dynamic website, established by Dr. Paul C. Gorski, is a gateway to articles as well as multiple additional websites and other resources that focus on social justice and equity issues. User-friendly.

Edsitement
Offers high-quality material. . . in literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.” Links to sites that “have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom . . . and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality.”

Brain Facts
A public service initiative that “seeks to share what neuroscientists know, explore what they don’t yet know fully, and discuss how today’s research advances understanding.” Important since insights into how our brains work can help further effective communication and interaction.

Pew Research Forum
A non-partisan forum that “conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.” Topics include U.S. politics, media and news, social trends, religion, internet and tech, Hispanics, and global.

Teaching Tolerance
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society [using] litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.” Publications include regular editions of Teaching Tolerance, Intelligence Report, and a newsletter, but they have also published many topic-specific booklets as well as DVDs, lesson plans, and articles.

Coalition of Essential Schools
“[CES] works with educators to support and promote innovative and effective teaching . . . [and] to shape the policy conditions that support and promote schools characterized by personalization, democracy and equity, intellectual vitality and excellence.”

What Works Clearinghouse
Founded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education to “ review the research on the different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Then, by focusing on the results from high-quality research, we try to answer the question “What works in education?”

Regional Educational Laboratory Program
Ten labs “serve the education needs of designated regions, using applied research, development, dissemination, and training and technical assistance, to bring the latest and best research and proven practices into school improvement efforts. U.S. Department of Education initiative.

Brain Targeted Teaching
Dr. Mariale Hardiman founded and directs this Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative, a cross-disciplinary program that focuses on relevant research from the brain sciences to inform teaching and learning. Working to Improve Schools and Education (Ithaca.edu/wise/) “Focuses on analysis of contemporary issues in education, with particular emphasis on issues of equity, diversity, multicultural education, and the development of schools more effective for ALL students and families.”

Working to Improve
Focuses on analysis of contemporary issues in education, with particular emphasis on issues of equity, diversity, multicultural education, and the development of schools more effective for ALL students and families.”

Edutopia
“Dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive.” Focuses on “project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology.” Emphasizes “how to find information; how to assess the quality of information; [and] how to creatively and effectively use information to accomplish a goal.”

In Motion Magazine
“A multicultural, online publication about democracy” that links visitors to articles under such headings as What Is New?, Affirmative Action, Art, Global Eyes, Health Care, Education Rights, Human and Civil Rights, and Art. A major contributor is Pedro Noguera.

National Education Association
“Committed to advancing the cause of public education.” Resources are extensive and are organized under the headings “Issues and Action,” “Tools and Ideas,” and “Grants and Events.”

Restoring Opportunity
A website that expands the ideas explored by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane in Restoring Opportunity, a book that lays out a “meticulously researched case for how targeted interventions and support can significantly level the playing field between low-income children and their more fortunate peers.”

Rethinking Schools
A resource “firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.”

Teaching for Change
“By drawing direct connections to real world issues, encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.”

Zinn Education Project
“Its goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. . . .[O]ffers more than 100 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level. Coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change.

Get Lit
Southern California program “leveling the playing field between rich and poor, mainstream and marginalized” by “increasing teen literacy through classic and spoken word poetry.”

National Center for Children in Poverty
Founded in 1989 as a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the NCCP is "dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice."

National Poverty Center, University of Michigan
Established in 2002 as a nonpartisan research center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, NPC personnel "conduct and promote multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentor and train emerging scholars, and inform public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty."

Intercultural Development Research Association
The IDRA, an independent, non-profit organization whose staff is fluent in Spanish and English, is dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child. It values "the knowledge and skills of the individuals" it works with and builds "on the strengths of the students and parents in [its] schools" and offers "professional development, research and evaluation, policy and leadership development, and programs and materials development."

Perception Institute
"Perception Institute engages in and translates the best mind science research on identity differences into solutions that can be applied to everyday individual and institutional interactions" through "research, trainings, and cultural products that advocate for systemic and societal remedies to discrimination... linked to race, gender, and other identity differences. The institute's "goal is conversation, not confrontation."

National Center for Culturally Responsive Education Systems
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, NCCRESt provided technical assistance and professional development to close the achievement gap between students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers, and reduce inappropriate referrals to special education. Though no longer a separate entity, the project continues as part of Equity Alliance at EQUITYALLIANCEATASU.ORG

Equity Alliance
Equity Alliance promotes "access, participation and positive outcomes for all students by engaging educational stakeholders, reframing and advancing the discourse on educational equity and transforming public education, locally, nationally and internationally. Cosponsored by Arizona State U and the U of Kansas.

Institute for Policy Research
The IPR, "an interdisciplinary public policy research institute founded in 1968 at Northwestern University, seeks "to stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely—to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public." Current areas of research include poverty, race and inequality, education policy, and social disparities and health.

Minority Student Achievement Network
MSAN "is a national coalition of multiracial, suburban-urban school districts that have come together to understand and eliminate achievement/opportunity gaps that persist in their schools." MSAN districts "conduct and publish research, analyze policies, and examine practices...that keep racial achievement gaps in place."

National Council of La Raza
"The National Council of La Raza...works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.... To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.

League of United Latin American Citizens
Having been founded in 1929, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the USA. It advances "the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights...of all Hispanic nationality groups" in the USA. It focuses "heavily on education, civil rights, health, and employment for Hispanics."

One Person One Vote
"One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] and the Fight for Voting Rights, is the first initiative in a longer-term collaboration of the SNCC Legacy Project, Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, and the Duke Libraries. This digital gateway draws in documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials found at Duke and other SNCC-related collections in repositories across the country and uses them to chronicle the historic struggles for voting rights that youth, converging with older community leaders, fought for and won."

U.S. Census Bureau
“(L)eading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy." Extremely useful source of current demographic information. Beyond population, data covers housing, employment, income and poverty, business, families and living arrangements, education, health and trade.