Tools and resources to facilitate action and the implementation of policies that advance racial equity within institutional, local and state contexts.


Videos of Past CECR Events

Catch up on the CECR events you may have missed, here.

Can School Integration Make a Comeback?

(6:31 video) September 7, 2016

This is an informative video about status of segregation and its relationship to school choice.

The Atlantic Video Link - Can School Integration Make a Comeback?

View the video here.

MLK Speech – Penn State University

Two months after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent campaign against racial inequality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed more than 8,000 spectators at Penn State University. Dr. King’s speech took place just six months after Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Reflecting on King's Legacy - Penn State News

Penn Staters were brought to tears as they listened to King 50 years ago
(2:46 video) - January 14, 2015
Penn State University YouTube Channel

Read the speech here.

Download the speech (PDF) here.

Dr. John Diamond

Watch C-SPAN interview Dr. Diamond about his book Despite the Best of Intentions.
(21:42 video)


Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and To—Students Every Day

Mica Pollock

Mica Pollock, editor of Everyday Antiracism—the progressive teacher’s must-have resource—now turns to what it takes for those working in schools to match their speech to their values, giving all students an equal opportunity to thrive. By juxtaposing common scenarios with useful exercises, concrete actions, and resources, Schooltalk describes how the devil is in the oft-dismissed details: the tossed-off remark to a student or parent about the community in which she lives; the way groups—based on race, ability, and income—are discussed in faculty meetings about test scores and data; the assumptions and communication breakdowns between counselors, teachers, and other staff that cause kids to fall needlessly through the cracks; or the deflating comment to a young person about her college or career prospects.

Purchase book here.

Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School

Carla Shalaby

In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young “troublemakers,” challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children—Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus—Troublemakers allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem.

Purchase book here.

Segregation at an Early Age

Erica Frankenberg

Published October 2016, this report shared findings about the extent to which preschool students are in racially diverse educational settings. Paying closer attention to preschool diversity could help to lay the foundation for students from all backgrounds to play and learn together across racial and economic lines, yet a new study released today reveals that many children in school-based preschool programs do not have the opportunity for such cross-racial learning experiences.

Download the report here.

Brown At 62: School Segregation by Race, Poverty and State

Gary Orfield, Jongyeon Ee, Erica Frankenberg, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

Published as the 62nd anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision arrived again without any major initiatives to mitigate spreading and deepening segregation in our nation’s schools, this Civil Rights Project research brief draws from a much broader study of school segregation to be published in September 2016. The authors show the obvious importance of confronting these issues given the strong relationship between racial and economic segregation and inferior educational opportunities clearly demonstrated in research over many decades.

Download the brief from the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles.

School Integration Matters

Edited by Erica Frankenberg, Liliana M. Garces and Megan Hopkins

Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case to Forge the Path Ahead

Edited by Uma Jayakumar, Liliana M. Garces with Frank Fernandez

Educational Delusions? Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make it Fair

Gary Orfield, Erica Frankenberg

The Resegregation of Suburban Schools: A Hidden Crisis in American Education

Edited by Erica Frankenberg and Gary Orfield

Integrating Schools in a Changing Society

Edited by Erica Frankenberg and Elizabeth DeBray

Engaging the Race Question

Alicia Dowd and Estela Bensimon

Despite the Best of Intentions

John Diamond

Identity, Social Activism and the Pursuit of Higher Education

Susana Muñoz

Voluntary K-12 Integration: A Manual for Parents, Educators, and Advocates

Joint publication by NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. and The Civil Rights Project/ Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

Education and Civil Rights Organizations

Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law

In response to the 2016 presidential election, the Center of Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law created a webpage dedicated to resources that pertain to immigration policies under the current administration.


    An online community to discuss and share best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race. 

    The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA

    Renewing the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, to be a preeminent source of intellectual capital within that movement, and to deepen the understanding of the issues that must be resolved to achieve racial and ethnic equity as society moves through the great transformation of the 21st century.

    National Coalition for School Diversity (NCSD)

    A network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to promote school diversity.

    Maryland Equity Project

    The Maryland Equity Project seeks to improve education through research that supports an informed public policy debate on the quality and distribution of educational opportunities in Maryland.

    Center on Race and Social Problems

    The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) is to conduct applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans.

    Schools of Opportunity

    Arises out of the reality that existing recognitions strongly favor schools that enroll students who, outside of school, have the richest opportunities. These recognitions favor high schools that are selective or serve students who are affluent. While many of those schools are indeed outstanding, we believe it important to recognize schools that are excellent because they engage in research-based practices that focus on closing gaps in opportunity, regardless of the students they serve.

    National Education Policy Center

    Sponsors research, produces policy briefs, and publishes expert third-party reviews of think tank reports. The Center’s publications are written in accessible language and are intended for a broad audience that includes academic experts, policy makers, the media, and the general public. The Center's goal is to provide high-quality information in support of democratic deliberation about education policy.

    Tools for Researchers and Practitioners

    Defending Dreamers: Educator's Toolkit

    After the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017, the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State crafted this toolkit to help guide K-12 and post-secondary educators working to support their immigrant students and their families.

    Resources for Educators and Community Allies of Immigrants

    The webpage by the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law contains resources for K-12 and post-secondary educators and community allies of immigrants in the United States.

    The Equity Scorecard

    The Equity Scorecard™ is both a process and a data tool. As a process, it combines a theoretical framework with practical strategies to initiate institutional change that will lead to equitable outcomes for students of color. What’s unique about it is the engagement of individuals from different departments and divisions in an evidence team which investigates campus data, practices and policies.

    The Family Leadership Design Collaborative

    A national-level participatory design-based research project aimed at re-centering nondominant families in racial equity efforts through the synthesis and co-design of research, measures, and practice to transform educational systems.