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Rucker Johnson Joins NCSD's Research Advisory Panel 


The National Coalition on School Diversity is pleased to welcome Rucker Johnson, an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, to our Research Advisory Panel. Johnson's work considers the role of poverty and
inequality in affecting life chances. He has focused on such topics as low-wage labor markets, spatial mismatch, the societal consequences of incarceration, the impacts of childhood school and neighborhood quality on adult health and socioeconomic success, and the effects of growing up poor and poor infant health on childhood cognition, educational attainment, and health over the life course.

You can find some of Rucker Johnson's scholarship
"Original Intent: Black Educators in an Elusive Quest for Justice"


In October, Research Advisory Panel member Vanessa Siddle Walker delivered the 2012 AERA Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research in Washington, D.C. Her talk, entitled "Original Intent: Black Educators in an Elusive Quest for Justice" challenges the historically accepted view of Black educators during the Brown v. Board of Education era. In this talk, Siddle Walker highlights the hidden role Black educators played in crafting the vision of an education system with equity for all. Her work raises important questions about contemporary school integration efforts.
Brown Fades: The End of Court-Ordered School Desegregation and the Resegregation of American Public Schools by Sean F. Reardon, Elena Grewal, Demetra Kalogrides, and Erica Greenberg (2011)

Racial and Economic Diversity in North Carolina's Schools: An Update by Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor (2013)


Rodriguez at 40: Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity

Sponsored by University of Richmond School of Law and the Charles Hamilton  Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School

Friday, March 8, 2013

University of Richmond School of Law

Richmond, Virginia   


This conference will explore the condition of public education 40 years after San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1 (1973). The Rodriguez case, considered one of the major civil rights setbacks in recent decades, held that the federal constitution did not guarantee a right to education. The conference will bring together scholars, educators, and practitioners to examine the state of educational opportunity in the United States, to offer a critique of the effectiveness of existing efforts to advance equal educational opportunity, and to develop and analyze novel approaches to achieving this important national goal. 


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Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Conference on Race, Class, Opportunity and School Boundaries in the Richmond Region

Virginia Commonwealth University (March 13)

University of Richmond (March 14)

March 13-14, 2013

Richmond, VA


The Moving Forward Conference will focus on the contemporary scope and impact of Richmond metro area school segregation, with a central goal of generating new possibilities and regional solutions for advancing high quality, diverse learning opportunities. We're excited to bring together national and local researchers, policymakers, educational practitioners, advocates, community members and students to foster these important conversations.


The conference is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. You may choose to register as a single-day or multi-day participant. 

The Spivack Archive is a searchable database with approximately 500 entries that concern the effects of school and classroom ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic (SES) composition on specific outcomes. It is a part of the Spivack Project, a study designed to survey and synthesize the social, educational, and behavioral science research about the topic of school and classroom compositional effects on various outcomes. The Spivack Archive provides scholars, education rights attorneys, policy makers, and the general public with accessible state-of-the-art knowledge.
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The National Coalition on School Diversity is a network of national civil rights organizations, university-based research institutes, local educational advocacy groups, and academic researchers seeking a greater commitment to racial and socioeconomic diversity in federal K-12 education policy and funding. We also support the work of state and local school diversity practitioners.
NCSD Research Advisory Panel 

NCSD's Research Advisory Panel is a group of leading researchers who help ensure that our advocacy efforts are informed by the most current, methodologically sound research on school integration. 

Research Advisory Panel Members
  • Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Brandeis University
  • Jomills Henry Braddock II, University of Miami
  • Casey Cobb, University of Connecticut
  • John Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Erica Frankenberg, Penn State University
  • Douglas Harris, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jennifer Jellison Holme, University of Texas at Austin
  • Rucker Johnson, UC Berkeley
  • Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
  • Jamie Lew, Rutgers University
  • Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Pedro Noguera, New York University
  • sean reardon, Stanford University
  • William Trent, University of Illinois
  • Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University
  • Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Richard Valencia, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Amy Stuart Wells, Columbia University 
NCSD Membership

Organizational membership in the NCSD is free and open to national, regional, and local organizations that are working to support racial and economic integration in public schools. Member groups will be listed on the NCSD website, and will be asked to help publicize NCSD publications and events, and to support NCSD advocacy efforts, as appropriate, at the U.S. Department of Education, in state governments, and in Congress. NCSD policy decisions are made by an established steering committee of national civil rights organizations and several academic advisers.


To inquire about becoming an NCSD member organization, email us

New Books


by Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg



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

edited by Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg 


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Please email us if you'd like to contribute research to our Quarterly Research Update and/or the NCSD's website.

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