Six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, the promise of equal education for all remains elusive. The Bridges Collaborative—a new, first-of-its-kind school integration initiative powered by The Century Foundation—aims to change that.
Despite overwhelming evidence that integrated schools are better for all students, far too many American children still attend schools apart from their peers of different social, economic, and racial backgrounds. More than one-third of students attend schools with student bodies that are almost entirely white or nonwhite, and the federal government has failed to take an active role in promoting integration. Since the 1950s, progress has stalled and, in some cases, reversed.
The Bridges Collaborative seeks to overcome these barriers by reigniting a nationwide movement for integrated schools and diverse neighborhoods. The Collaborative will serve as a hub for practitioners from across the country. It will bring together leaders of school systems, charter schools, and fair housing advocates, and provide them the space and opportunity to learn from one another, build grassroots political support, and develop successful strategies for integration. In doing so, the Bridges Collaborative will bring us one step closer to realizing the promise of Brown.
Apply Now for the Bridges Collaborative Cohort
The Bridges Collaborative is seeking 50 school districts, charter schools/CMOs, and housing organizations to be part of the Bridges Collaborative Cohort. The Cohort seeks 2-5 individuals from prospective organizations for a two year program (Fall of 2020 to Summer of 2022). Applications for the Bridges Collaborative Cohort are now open and the deadline has been extended to Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:59 PST. One application per organization. Applications submitted on behalf of individuals are not accepted.Apply Now
Learn More About the Bridges Collaborative
The Bridges Collaborative is an initiative of The Century Foundation, a progressive, independent think tank that conducts research, develops solutions, and drives policy change to make people’s lives better.
Vision: An America where every child has the opportunity to attend a school that is diverse, integrated, rigorous and inclusive.
Mission: To dramatically increase the number of students attending diverse, integrated, rigorous and inclusive schools by: fostering authentic collaboration among school and housing partners pursuing integration, providing strategic support to practitioners using research and policy, and influencing the national dialogue on school integration.
In the News
- Op-Ed in USA Today by Bridges Collaborative Director Stefan Lallinger on School Integration in the George Floyd Era
- Q&A in Chalkbeat about the Bridges Collaborative
- TV Interview on NYC Fox 5 with Bridges Collaborative Director Stefan Lallinger on the Collaborative and its Goals
- “Why the Bridges Collaborative is So Important to Me” by Bridges Collaborative Director Stefan Lallinger
- The Bridges Collaborative will hold its Virtual Cohort Kickoff and National Convening Thursday and Friday, October 15-16th, 2020.
- Download our information packet here.
- Download FAQs about the Bridges Collaborative here.
- Download FAQs about the Cohort here.
- View a recording of the Bridges Collaborative informational webinar below.
Donate: Contribute to the urgent mission of making America’s schools more integrated. Click this link to donate and be sure to mention the Bridges Collaborative in the note box.
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