Release of Voices in Urban Education’s “Time for Equity: Expanding Access to Learning,” the Latest in Series of Tools & Publications Focused on Narrowing Opportunity Gaps for Low-Income Students of Color

1055 PROVIDENCE – Improving education systems in the nation’s most underserved public school districts through expanded and reimagined learning opportunities – demonstrated by community schools, Promise Neighborhoods, Citizens Schools and Linked Learning – is the focus of the just-released Voices in Urban Education (VUE), the award-winning national journal of Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR).

The 60-page VUE issue, titled “Time for Equity: Expanding Access to Learning,” is the latest product from AISR’s comprehensive Time for Equity project, supported by the Ford Foundation. This issue followed the research report Leveraging Time for School Equity: Indicators to Measure More and Better Learning Time; the online Time for Equity tool; and the “Time and Equity” webinar series.

The Time for Equity project supports the reinvention of urban public schools by adding and improving learning time to ensure that students, particularly those in high-poverty neighborhoods, are prepared for college, career and civic participation. Driven by the goal of equity for all students, time for equity approaches restructure how learning time is used by individual schools and entire school systems.

“Many families subsidize additional instruction and enrichment activities for their children or at the schools they attend,” said VUE guest editor and AISR (former) associate director Michelle Renée. “Those learning opportunities significantly contribute to students’ preparation for college, professional life and citizenship. In contrast, public school students in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty do not have access to the same broad array of subjects, resources and personalized support and learning experiences both in and outside of school, all of which contributes to the severe opportunity gap.

“This VUE issue focuses on urban communities across the nation where a broad range of partners has committed to reinventing learning time to ensure equitable access to rich learning opportunities for all young people.”

Time for Equity: Expanding Access to Learning features a cross-sector collection of authors from around the country, including funders, reform support organizations, and community and youth organizers, who shared how they systemically increase education opportunities and equity by increased and reimagined learning time.

Articles and their respective authors include:

Creating Time for Equity Together” by Michelle Renée (AISR)

Inequity Outside the Classroom: Growing Class Differences in Participation in Extracurricular Activities,” by Kaisa Snellman (INSEAD, France); Jennifer M. Silva (Bucknell University); and Robert D. Putnam (Harvard University)

The Negative Impact of Community Stressors on Learning Time” by Nicole Mirra and John Rogers (UCLA)

Mobilizing the Eastside of Los Angeles for Educational Justice,” by Henry Perez and Perla Madera (InnerCity Struggle, Los Angeles)

The Power of Community Schools” by Natasha Capers (Coalition for Educational Justice, New York City) and Shital C. Shah (American Federation of Teachers)

The Promise Neighborhoods Movement: Creating Communities of Opportunity from Cradle to Career” by Michael McAfee (PolicyLink, Oakland) and Mauricio Torre (South Bay Community Services, Chula Vista, Calif.)

How Citizen Schools Support Teachers for Expanded Learning Time” by Eric Schwarz (Citizen Schools)

Increasing Time and Enriching Learning for Greater Equity in Schools: Perspectives from Two Community Funders” by Janet Lopez (Rose Community Foundation, Denver) and Peter Rivera (California Community Foundation, Los Angeles)

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About VUE

Voices in Urban Education (VUE) is the award-winning journal of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR). VUE was launched in 2003 as a “roundtable-in-print” to bring together education stakeholders with a wide range of viewpoints, including leading education writers and thinkers, as well as unconventional and seldom-heard voices. Each issue of VUE is organized around a theme, representing a cutting-edge analysis of a vital issue in urban public education. VUE is read by a national audience that includes policymakers, researchers, administrators, educators, community and civic leaders, the media, and philanthropic officers, among others. The VUE website receives over 26,000 unique visitors per year.