Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI)

Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) Dedicated to advancing educational achievement in underserved communities. "Empowering through education!" Founded in 2009, the Diversity Leadership Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the advancement in educational achievement.

Our mission states that we are committed to insuring quality services and choices to families and children in underserved communities on both the local and national levels. Transformational social movements that have had a positive impact on Hispanics are most effective when the responsibility of leadership rests upon credible, Hispanic-led organizations with the capacity to work closely with allies of all races to reach common objectives. The Diversity Leadership Institute’s work to gain equity and access to education and for all children and their families is guided by the following core beliefs: i. Equity and Access We believe that all children and their families should be afforded access to a quality education and the adequate preparation needed to reach their full potential. ii. Transformational Change We believe that the current crisis in education in underserved communities requires radical rethinking and redesigning of the existing educational structures, organizations and culture with the objective of achieving large-scale improvements in overall performance. iii. Empowerment We believe that education enables individuals to recognize opportunities and make informed choices. Building knowledge and capacity leads to self-sufficiency. iv. Family and Community Engagement We believe that effectively engaging families and caregivers in the education of their children has the potential to be far more transformational than any other type of education reform. v. Cultural and Linguistic Competency We believe that cultural competency and linguistic appropriateness are at the core of every family’s life experience and its promise is central to educational opportunities. We recognize native language as an asset to linguistic, cognitive, and educational development. vi. Critical Friendship We believe that commitment, trust, and respect allow partnering organizations to offer constructive suggestions and advice in order to further positive change.

It's well-known that there's an educational achievement gap in America, but did you know the extent of it?  Washington P...
02/26/2013
The achievement gap, by the numbers

It's well-known that there's an educational achievement gap in America, but did you know the extent of it? Washington Post has got the facts.

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-09-09/local/35498072_1_achievement-gap-high-poverty-schools-black-students

There are very few things that education researchers say they know with absolute certainty, but virtually nobody disputes that socioeconomic status, cultural identity and the educational level of...

Personalizing education: introducing blogging, video conferencing, and collaboration into the classroom.  Do your studen...
02/15/2013
How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests | MindShift

Personalizing education: introducing blogging, video conferencing, and collaboration into the classroom. Do your students or your children use any of these technological elements in school? If so, have they helped?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/02/how-to-fuel-students-learning-through-their-interests/

For David Preston, the term “open source learning” -- a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning -- is about helping students choose thei

12/03/2012
Students learn to be leaders in Jordan School District | The Salt Lake Tribune

The Seven Healthy Habits: Do Utah schools have what it takes to change students' priorities in learning? This school looks beyond the basics to implement skills students can practice is everyday social situations.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55117704-78/program-schools-elementary-jordan.html.csp

Sure, there’s the mathematics, social studies, reading and writing — all staples of elementary education. But some Utah schools are asking students to broaden their learning spectrum, adding such things as conflict resolution, proactive thinking and raising social and academic expectations. Twenty-...

12/03/2012
Montgomery County parents say new curriculum is ‘one-size-fits-all’ math

The common core strikes again! Montgomery County parents are concerned with their children's curriculum and seek other opportunities for enrichment. Do you feel the common core is fair to implement among all children? Check out the parents' Facebook group MCPS Parents Support Math Acceleration to learn more about their side of the debate.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/montgomery-county-parents-say-new-curriculum-20-is-one-size-fits-all-math/2012/12/02/6828d390-3295-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html

Some Montgomery County parents say Curriculum 2.0 is ‘one-size-fits-all’ math.

11/28/2012

Public education. What comes to mind when you hear those two words? Reading? Writing? Math? Carol Hunter, of ASCD EDge, brings a new perspective to the purpose of education. The Whole Child Initiative brings to light new objectives such as teaching children the value of optimism and learning to lead by example. The full list can be found below. What would you add on to this list?

1. Give kids the tools they need to be optimistic, responsible, productive and resourceful members of society
2. Help students to harness their internal resources, identify their own strengths and then make life and career choices that optimize those strengths
3. Teach our children to understand that everyone, including themselves, is unique and valuable
4. Teach children to lead and be led by example
5. Ensure that students are literate, numerate, and can think critically in different contexts
6. Build students' confidence and perseverance in tackling new problems
7. Teach students to set short and long-term goals and to pursue those goals tenaciously
8. Help students to become people who do the right thing, even when no one is looking
9. Teach students good social values (inclusion of all, justice, love, honesty, hard work, family, right from wrong)
10. Nurture creative thinkers and life-long learners who are open to new opportunities

11/28/2012
Inscribed upon my wrist: Emphasizing effort to empower learning

"Give the effort" is Kevin Washburn's personal mantra, as well as his mantra for our school system. His opinion piece can be found at the link below. He describes how effort from the students, along with the teachers, is the recipe for success. Do you have a personal mantra of your own that could apply to education?

http://smartblogs.com/education/2012/11/21/inscribed-upon-my-wrist-emphasizing-effort-empower-learning-kevin-washburn/

I wear an identification tag on my wrist whenever I run. Should I meet physical misfortune while pounding the pavement, whoever finds me will have at least

11/26/2012
Schools looking to boost students' use of technology

Technology has become a trend lately in education news. Lake County schools in Orlando, FL find this to be an advantageous approach to keeping students entertained in the classroom while learning at the same time.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-lake-school-technology-20121117,0,5076289.story

In classrooms across the district, Lake County students can use iPads, personal laptops and cellphones to connect to the Internet and online teacher assignments.

11/26/2012
Voices: Common Core helps teachers prioritize | EdNewsColorado

Math teacher, Megan Lawson, describes the advantages of the Common Core State Standards. Read her opinion article in the link below to learn more about her point of view and the strategies of teaching that have become available to her. What is your opinion on the Common Core? Do you think it enhances educational experiences for both teachers and students?

http://www.ednewscolorado.org/2012/11/15/52362-voices-common-core-helps-teachers-prioritize

Denver South High School math teacher Megan Lawson says the Common Core State Standards can help teachers focus on strategies that work.

Louisiana teachers' rules of tenure have been changed drastically.  Along with yearly evaluations, test scores will be f...
11/26/2012
Louisiana's educators enter a new world with evaluations and their consequences

Louisiana teachers' rules of tenure have been changed drastically. Along with yearly evaluations, test scores will be factored in to determine their performance levels. Those with consistently low test scores or evaluations will be dismissed. While some argue that this method is unfair and will unnecessarily eliminate teachers, others believe this process will help students improve their education by not being exposed to ineffective educators. What is your stance on the issue? Read the article below and share your thoughts with us!

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2012/11/louisianas_educators_enter_a_n.html

A new evaluation system and its consequences are redefining the roles of teacher and principal in school buildings across Louisiana this year

11/26/2012
The Elephant in the Classroom : Education Next

Here we are in the 21st Century and educational diversity and integration is still a hot topic. Education Next's article "The Elephant in the Classroom" discusses "racially and socioeconomically integrated schools" and what is being done surrounding this matter.

http://educationnext.org/the-elephant-in-the-classroom/

The gentrification of many of our big cities is providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a large number of racially and socioeconomically integrated schools. “White flight in reverse” means that, for the first time in 40 years, school integration is logistically feasible in urban Ameri...

Education in Obama's Second Term: What is the future for the No Child Left Behind Policy? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
11/26/2012
Little Hope For Rewrite Of Expired Bush Education Law

Education in Obama's Second Term: What is the future for the No Child Left Behind Policy?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/no-child-left-behind-reauthorization_n_2161498.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on the promise that his administration would oversee the rewriting of the expired No Child Left Behind Act. But four years later, education experts and legislators don't see any end to the negotiations with and within Congress.

11/21/2012

This year for Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? At the Diversity Leadership Institute, we are thankful for everyone who works to reform education!

11/21/2012
School improvement grants produce mixed results

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 alotted $3Billion to improving schools. The results, so far, have been mixed. Here is the full report from the Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-improvement-grants-produce-mixed-results/2012/11/19/5af52c8a-3292-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html

A federal program that pumped a record $3 billion into failing schools has shown mixed early results, with more than one-third of the targeted schools doing worse after receiving funding, according to initial government results released Monday.

11/21/2012
Teachers, students find help in laptops at Cathedral

Cathedral High School spends money on a pilot program to give our Mac laptops to students. Is bringing these computers into the classroom helpful for students or is it leading to an overuse of technology?

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20121121/NEWS01/311210016/?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|NEWS01&nclick_check=1

Ninety days into the school year, Cathedral High School's leaders say the school's newest technological addition, individual student laptops, is changing learning.

11/21/2012
Teaching about Thanksgiving in a multicultural society / LJWorld.com

This year, teachers like Rebecca Hout take on a multicultural approach to teaching Thanksgiving to elementary children. What do you remember most when you were learning about Thanksgiving in the classroom? Do you believe that Hout's approach is better for teaching young children?

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/nov/21/teaching-about-thanksgiving-multi-cultural-society/

Annie Shew, a first-grader at Kennedy School, reacts after realizing she forgot to draw glasses on a picture of her brother in her “I Am Thankful For” book Tuesday at the school. At right is her teacher, Rebecca Hout. Students were studying Thanksgiving and making drawings that will be distributed t...

Advancements in technology allow us to do things we had never imagined possible, but what happens when students begin ta...
11/13/2012
Teaching in the Age of Siri

Advancements in technology allow us to do things we had never imagined possible, but what happens when students begin taking advantage of these inventions? Siri, and other smart phone features, allow students to simply ask a homework question and get the answer automatically without having to try. How can and/or should teachers change their methods of teaching to prevent this from happening?

http://plpnetwork.com/2012/10/23/teaching-age-siri/

As AI mobile services evolve, teachers are challenged to design instruction & assessment in ways that require more than simply asking Siri for the answer.

Miami-Dade schools make great strides in closing the achievement gap!  They were recently awarded the Broad Prize for Ur...
11/13/2012
Why Miami-Dade schools won prestigious Broad Prize for urban districts

Miami-Dade schools make great strides in closing the achievement gap! They were recently awarded the Broad Prize for Urban Education for increasing the amount of students reaching the achievement levels needed to graduate. Read more below:

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2012/1023/Why-Miami-Dade-schools-won-prestigious-Broad-Prize-for-urban-districts

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been steadily chipping away at the achievement gap. After being a finalist four other times, the district won the Broad Prize for Urban Education on Tuesday.

How reciprocity can empower!http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/shoulders_of_giants/2012/11/the-language-of-expectations-i...
11/05/2012
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Language of "Expectations" in Education: Hope or Control?

How reciprocity can empower!

http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/shoulders_of_giants/2012/11/the-language-of-expectations-in-education-hope-or-control.html

I was writing a chapter for my Whole Novels book about setting up clear expectations, structures, and systems for accountability and support for students during the reading process. In this chapter, I found myself repeating the word "expectations," especially in...

Over 34 states have joined in on the "bipartisan movement toward next-generation education reforms that go far beyond No...
10/31/2012
Obama Administration approves Idaho’s request for “No Child Left Behind” flexibility - www.kivitv.co

Over 34 states have joined in on the "bipartisan movement toward next-generation education reforms that go far beyond No Child Left Behind." After learning about this movement from the article below, what do you see as the benefits and drawbacks from steering away from No Child Left Behind?

http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/174658551.html

The Obama Administration Wednesday approved Idaho’s request for flexibility from No Child Left Behind, in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.

10/31/2012
National Teacher of the Year: Give Us a Career Path

Rebecca Mieliwocki was named 2012 National Teacher of the Year! Read her interview below to find out what sets her apart from other educators in our country. (Article via Education Week)

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/10/17/tl_mieliwocki.html?tkn=YSCFs0TVSu8sfzuOtjNtNZkdBBeQmhgqw4S6&cmp=clp-sb-ascd

In a Q&A with , Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, discusses the role of teacher leaders and outlines her vision for advancing the profession.

As the 2012 Presidential Election rapidly approaches, what are schools doing to help children understand what is going o...
10/31/2012
Twelve Interactive Activities for Learning About Elections

As the 2012 Presidential Election rapidly approaches, what are schools doing to help children understand what is going on? Learning about elections at a young age is crucial to create informed, interested future voters. Edutopia has twelve great ways to engage children in the upcoming election!

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/interactive-learning-about-elections-paul-gigliotti

The election year is a great time for social studies education; presidential and congressional campaigns are such a large part of the news and daily conversations that they have sparked the curiosity

If movement helps turn information into long-term memory, then could this elementary be on to something?  Read the artic...
10/31/2012
Learning on the move - The Spokesman-Review

If movement helps turn information into long-term memory, then could this elementary be on to something? Read the article below to learn about a new teaching technique that involves physical activity.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/oct/13/learning-on-the-move/

Lidgerwood Elementary School kindergartners are moving to learn and learning to move through a program developed by two Spokane Public Schools teachers. Smart Kids, which is taught in a handful of the district’s elementary schools, teaches 5- and 6-year-olds the fundamentals of math and reading wh...

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