Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nations students.
These week, we are sharing recent TEP spotlights in the news. TEP Founder Nicole Baker Fulgham is always promoting the importance of churches responding to education inequality. This week, you’ll find two pieces from her, as well as a recent piece from our Indianapolis director, Dr. Jeffry Woods.
What Churches Can Do About Educational Inequality via The National Association of Evangelicals
In this podcast from NAE, Leith Anderson interviews TEP Founder Nicole Baker Fulgham about her work helping faith communities close the academic achievement gap in public schools. She discusses the term ‘education inequality’ and how leaders of faith can work with their local schools to help close the achievement gap.
“…we know as Christians that we’re all made in God’s image and we have potential and a purpose and a plan. And I believe our education system is one of the ways that God helps all of us identify a part of our purpose, right?”
Can Communities of Faith Make a Difference? via The WFYI American Graduate Blog
In this article on the WFYI American Graduate Blog, Dr. Jeffry Woods discusses the difference communities of faith can make in their local public schools. Through prayers, interaction, mentoring, and tutoring, we are seeing once-forgotten school districts transform into high-performing schools. Dr. Jeffry Woods is the Regional Director for The Expectations Project in Indianapolis.
“In 2017, communities of faith will have additional opportunities to influence change in Indianapolis. A community of faith uniting on behalf of all children to influence legislation to support a quality education for our youth is the right thing to do. Together, we can ensure all children have a great start by advocating for funding to support early childhood education for all children.“
How My Faith Led Me to Help Close the Achievement Gap in Our Public Schools via Education Post
Nicole Baker Fulgham discusses how her time working with Teach For America in Compton, California shaped her view of the great need present in public education. She began The Expectations Project to help “empower people of faith to shine a light on education inequality through prayer, compassionate service, and faithful advocacy.” Read the full article via Education Post.
“…as a Christian, I began to ask God how, for the rest of my life, I could work on behalf of all children to ensure that, regardless of their race, income or family background, they would have public schools that helped them succeed.”
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