May 18, 2018
classroom
By Zoë Stemm-Calderon
Director, Education

Across the country our partners are doing incredible work to research and reimagine American classrooms. The end goal, designing classrooms and schools where every student receives an equitable education, sounds deceptively simple, but it has eluded teachers, school leaders and policymakers for decades.

One key finding from this research is that young people need to feel like they are valued and respected in school—like they are vital members of the community, their intersectional identities welcome.

Put another way: In an equitable classroom, every student feels like they belong.

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May 4, 2018
census
By Erin Kahn
Executive Director, Raikes Foundation

On Tuesday, May 8, officials from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce will testify before Congress and attempt to justify adding the question of citizenship back into the census for the first time since the 1950s. Lawmakers shouldn’t fall for it.

The census, which is conducted every ten years, helps determines everything from the number of Congressional districts to school funding to Medicaid budgets and more. Adding a citizenship question amidst a toxic political environment for immigrants all but ensures an undercount of some of our most vulnerable neighbors and their children.

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April 11, 2018
By Erin Kahn
Executive Director, Raikes Foundation

 

Nearly three years ago, Lindsay Hill, a program officer here at the Raikes Foundation came to work and was despondent. The day before, a white supremacist massacred nine parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, an historic African-American institution in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. No one in the office was talking about it. And Lindsay, the sole Black member of our staff, felt alone. But she saw it as an opportunity.

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April 11, 2018
By Erin Kahn
Executive Director, Raikes Foundation

Last year was an exciting one for the Raikes Foundation, which is why decided to issue our first ever annual report.

I encourage you to check out the whole report here. Below are some highlights from our work this year:  

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