As an important part of our mission, the CU-Boulder School of Education has a strong commitment to democracy, diversity, and social justice. Given that education is a cornerstone of individuals’ life chances and opportunities as well as an informed and engaged public, the unwavering evidence of inequality in American education demands the sustained and dedicated attention of researchers, educators, and policymakers.
Just as income inequality and the proportion of family resources dedicated to education have increased dramatically over the last 30 years, achievement gaps among the rich, middle class, and poor have continued to widen. Within Colorado and across the nation, Native American, African American, and Latino students have a pronounced lack of access to high quality early childhood education, teachers, materials, and curricula as they disproportionately attend under-resourced schools. Within schools, students in poverty, of color, and of non-English first languages are disproportionately placed in special education and lack access to advanced coursework. The complex social realities of gender and sexual diversity are critical to students' social-emotional safety and to their ensuing life prospects.
Because inequality of educational opportunities and outcomes has determinate negative consequences for both individual lives and the public good, faculty and students in the School of Education engage in research, teaching, and outreach that underscores equity and diversity as fundamental to education in a democratic society.