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Stories - Education

With over 400 community members and 44 community-based, non-profit organizations participating, Families United for Education is a leader in the nation when it comes to engaging families toward...
Central New York’s Interfaith Works’ El Hindi Center for Dialogue continually confronts “hot topics” in the community head on, with thoughtful, facilitated listening and sharing sessions that gather...
Central New York’s Interfaith Works’ El Hindi Center for Dialogue continually confronts “hot topics” in the community head on, with thoughtful, facilitated listening and sharing sessions that gather...
Working to increase equity for students and families throughout New England, coaches from Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership are busy planning a unique conference for later this month...
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing their critical role in U.S. history. For over 150 years,...
Community members and schools need to work together to make education in their community all that it can be. Check out profiles of three communities tackling various issues related to education...
“We need to stop talking about children in the future tense, because their time to learn is now,” says Lois Vermilya, director of the University of New Mexico’s Family Development Program. She has...
Over 400 residents have been involved in creating a family and community engagement policy for the Albuquerque School District. The group Families United for Education used a collaborative process...
In Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, students, teachers, and staff have participated in dialogues to help find ways to address racial barriers to student achievement for over a decade....
When racial tensions rose to a tipping point in Stratford, Conn., the city used this as a springboard to improve community-police relations. Now, nearly a decade later, they see many results of their...
Following community dialogues to address bullying, schools noted an increase in awareness, and a decline in bullying. The program also did something equally important: it connected students,...
Across the country, people are concerned with how our children are doing in school. In Arkansas, the school boards association has been running “study circles” allowing local residents to weigh in on...
With an increasing refugee population in Rock Island, Ill., residents are participating in 'study circles' to address concerns and challenges such as the gaps in services available to refugees and...
In one of the nation's longest running dialogue-to-change programs to address racism and racial inequalities, Syracuse (N.Y.) residents are concentrating their efforts on the student achievement gap...
Faced with dramatic shifts in the student population in the county, educators began to see that the gap in student achievement was tied to the communication gap between schools and parents from...

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.