Using data to influence the greater good has become something of a passion of mine over the last three years or so. I have Westchester Children’s Association to thank for that. When I showed up at this office in March … Read More & Comment
How Do We Build Positive School Climate?
The recent increase in school shootings, including Parkland, has put school safety on everybody’s mind. School violence, unfortunately, has also been an issue that hits us close to home. On January 10, 2018, a 16- year old girl was stabbed … Read More & Comment
An Alternative Measure for School Success – Part II
Viewing Educational Growth Data through a Racial Lens – What’s the Point? I always feel a little hesitant when presenting data through a racial lens. There are times when I ask myself: What is the point of this whole exercise? … Read More & Comment
An Alternative Measure for School Success – Part I
A new Stanford University study uses growth, as opposed to proficiency, to examine school district performance. At the local level, an initial look shows that more affluent school districts tend to have higher growth scores. However, two school districts, White … Read More & Comment
Why I Am So Proud of Yonkers’ New & Improved Code of Conduct
Since the release of Dreams Deferred in 2013, WCA’s Connecting Youth workgroup has worked on remedies to re-engage youth disconnected from work and school. The report recommends districts, “reduce exclusionary/disciplinary and suspension practices in school and encourage restorative practices”. Student … Read More & Comment
Does Your School Excessively Suspend Students of Color?
Our schools treat certain children differently from their peers. Children, as young as preschoolers, are subject to discrimination and bias, which can alter their future in sinister ways. School disciplinary practices disproportionately affect children of color, and it is a … Read More & Comment
During My Internship at WCA…
This post was authored by our 2017 Cornell University Blumenthal Intern, Lauren Woods. Lauren is a rising junior majoring in industrial and labor relations. She is currently on a pre-law track, and wishes to attend law school after graduation. Lauren … Read More & Comment
En God Barndum, or the Good Childhood
The following blog post was authored by one of our 2017 summer interns, Caroline Sullivan. Caroline comes to WCA from Bucknell University where she is pursing her undergraduate degree both psychology and political science with a minor in women’s and gender studies. Caroline … Read More & Comment