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School Segregation, Desegregation, Resegregation, and Integration: Documenting and Troubling a Dream Deferred

Mon, April 16, 8:15 to 9:45am, New York Hilton Midtown, Second Floor, Sutton South

Session Type: Invited Speaker Session

Abstract

Sixty-four years post the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, racially integrated schools remain an elusive dream. This session interrogates the elusiveness and assumptions of this dream by documenting and troubling the persistence, evolution, and effects of school segregation as well as the prospect, character, and (un)realized promises of integrated schools. The session foregrounds three analytical vantage points: 1) macro-level analyses of the documented patterns of school segregation and the processes that enable its persistence and ubiquity; 2) the academic, socio-emotional, identity, and mobility effects that flow from various forms of school segregation (i.e., racial, class, linguistic); and 3) explorations of “integration” that contend with the character and quality of inclusion, including respect for diverse learners and equitable participation.

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