The U.S. Department of Education offers a multitude of useful equity resources on its web site: www.ed.gov. The Department, through its Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, School Support and Technology Programs, also partners with Equity Assistance Centers such as the Programs for Educational Opportunity in Ann Arbor.
Equity Assistance Centers assist school districts and education agencies with issues related to educational equity in the areas of race, national origin, and gender desegregation. The 10 equity assistance centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. They provide assistance in the areas of race, gender, and national origin equity to public school districts to promote equal educational opportunities. Contact information for the Equity Assistance Centers also appears at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/equitycenters/contacts.html.
The U.S. Office for Civil Rights serves populations facing discrimination, and supports advocates and institutions which are promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. To file a civil rights complaint, please contact the OCR enforcement office serving your state by clicking here.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has begun posting online the agreements they forge related to compliance reviews or complaint investigations in school districts. You can access the summaries of recent case remedies related to disability, race, gender,language and refugee status by visiting the Department of Justice’s site by clicking here or visiting OCR’s site for the most recent reviews, which are posted at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/investigations/index.html_
Regional Comprehensive Centers. Sixteen regional comprehensive centers provide front line technical assistance to states within their region to help them implement No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and other related federal school improvement programs and to help increase state education agency capacity to help districts and schools meet their student achievement goals. The goal of the Comprehensive Center program is to help low-performing schools and districts close achievement gaps and meet the goals of the NCLB Act. The following are the links to the Regional Comprehensive Center for the six states in PEO’s region:
1. Illinois and Wisconsin SEAs should contact the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Assistance Center at http://www.learningpt.org/greatlakeswest/
2. Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio SEAs should contact the Great Lakes East Comprehensive Assistance Center at http://www.learningpt.org/greatlakeseast
3. Minnesota SEAs should contact the North Central Comprehensive Center at http://www.mcrel.org/nccc/.
Women’s Educational Equity resources are another way the federal government promotes educational equity for all Americans. To find out more about these services, please click here.
The Regional Educational Research Laboratory Program is the U.S. Department of Education’s largest research and development investment designed to help educators, policy makers, and communities improve schools and help all students attain their full potential. To learn more about the “Lab Programs” and the regional laboratory that serves your state, please go to http://www.ed.gov/prog_info/Labs/index.html
The USDOE’s Doing What Works Website is a great clearinghouse of current information that identifies research-based educational practices for school transformation. The content moves research to practice and practical tools to improve student learning. Each topic includes video clips, policy and planning tools, related links and downloadable resources. The site covers the following topics:
• Data-Driven School Improvement:
Turning Around Low-Performing Schools
Response to Intervention–Primary Reading
Response to Intervention–Elementary to Middle Math
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making
Using Data Under American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
• Quality Teaching
How to Organize Your Teaching
• Math and Science
National Math Panel: Critical Foundations for Algebra
National Math Panel: Major Topics of School Algebra
Encouraging Girls in Math & Science
Response to Intervention in Elementary-Middle Math
• Comprehensive Support
Reducing Behavior Problems in Elementary Classrooms
• Early Childhood
Preschool Language and Literacy
The Institute of Education Sciences’ site provides a wealth of tools and information related to educational research, evaluation, assessment, development and statistics. Their What Works Clearinghouse is another great central source of research-based strategies for educators. Research summaries and practice guides are available in a wide range of topics, including High School Math, Students with Learning Disabilities, Effective Instructional Strategies in Reading and Math, as well as tools for data collection and analysis, funding resources, events and updates.
The National Bullying Prevention Center provides excellent web-based resources related to dismantling bullying. Sponsored by the PACER Center in Minneapolis, the site includes classroom activities to build students’ understanding and resistance to bullying behaviors. Resources are available in Hmong, Spanish, and Somali and there is specific content for parents, schools, students of various levels.