Central Falls - Understanding the Root Causes of Inequity
As part of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) Understanding Root Causes of Inequities fund, the Central Falls School District (CFSD) was awarded a grant, along with five other districts across New England, to: 1) analyze barriers to equitably preparing all students to graduate college and career ready, and 2) identify student-centered practices and other appropriate interventions that will address the identified equity barriers.
CFSD, in partnership with CYCLE and Diversity Talks, has embarked in a student, parent, and community driven process to deepen the district and community’s collective understanding of the barriers to equity facing CF schools. In particular, the project is designed to grow into a sustainable collaboration between CFSD, students, parents, and community.
CYCLE is playing three key roles for the project. First, CYCLE is partnering with CFSD to identify and train parent and community leaders and support them to engage fellow community members in conversations about the root causes of inequity and barriers to success for students and parents. CYCLE is also interviewing key district partners and stakeholders about their unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges to achieving equity in CF schools. Finally, CYCLE is responsible for supporting the documentation of learning throughout the year, which will culminate in a citywide conference in 2019. The conference will be an opportunity for everyone—youth, parents, community members, and educators—to learn together and share ideas for how Central Falls can build upon its strengths and take on challenges to root out the causes of educational inequity.