"AISR Speaks Out” opinion pieces on this archive page were written by AISR program staff about pressing issues in urban education that relate to our work. New Op-Ed pieces are now featured on our blog.


May 31, 2016
Warren Simmons delivered a major address at the AERA annual meeting in April 2016 urging researchers to collaborate across disciplines. [video & transcript]
February 29, 2016
In our continuing fight for a high-quality education for all children, we can find inspiration and hope in the civil rights leaders of the past.
February 2, 2016
ESSA offers great promise for advancing education practices to meet 21st-century needs; however, equity must be central to all aspects of the law.
September 2, 2015
Participatory Action Research challenges racism and bias by involving those most impacted by a problem in the research aimed at solving it.
May 18, 2015
To improve educational – and life – outcomes for Boston’s Black and Latino males, we must use a systemic, equity-focused approach.
February 18, 2015
The killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown illuminate the need for scholars and educators to remain vigilant about the effects of racism and to fight for its elimination.
October 16, 2014
New standards are needed that encourage charters to develop innovative strategies for learning while making sure they are fully transparent and accountable to their communities.
September 24, 2014
To be successful and sustainable, place-based initiatives for education reform must strategically incorporate the voices of those who have the most to lose or gain.
August 27, 2014
AISR Executive Director Warren Simmons authored this commentary on President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative for WBUR's ideas and opinion page "Cognoscenti."
May 12, 2014
Federal education reauthorizations must balance equity and excellence if we – as a nation – are committed to achieving the goals envisioned 60 years ago in Brown v. Board.
May 8, 2014
AISR Senior Consultant Norm Fruchter, a mayoral appointee to the NYC Panel for Education Policy, analyzes the mayor's progress and identifies challenges in his first hundred days.
April 3, 2014
Strong and effective district-community partnerships are crucial to ensure that all students graduate prepared for college.
March 21, 2014
When spaces support empowered youth voices and ideas, a brilliance emerges that is grounded in the experiences of our most talked about, but least consulted, constituency.
November 19, 2013
An increase in ELL funding has given Nevada's Clark County the potential to serve as a model not only within the state but also for districts and states across the nation.
November 13, 2013
AISR Executive Director Warren Simmons authored this commentary on his hopes for Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's education policy for WBUR's ideas and opinion page "Cognoscenti."
October 22, 2013
The NYC Department of Education should stop assigning disproportionate numbers of high-needs, late-enrolling students known as “over the counter” students to struggling schools.
June 28, 2013
Many education reforms result in the dismantling of public education programs without community input, but grassroots organizers are voicing their own vision for improving schools.
June 17, 2013
As affluent parents use their own resources to fund learning experiences for their children, we need an equitable expansion of learning time to address the class and racial divide.
May 14, 2013
Engaging parents and residents in low-income communities of color builds the power and public will necessary to improve struggling schools and hold public institutions accountable.
April 9, 2013
AISR Executive Director Warren Simmons exhorts federal education policymakers to return to an equity-driven agenda to build stronger systems nationwide and a more promising future.