Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Cassie Schwerner

The Schott Foundation for Public Education
Cassie Schwerner joined The Schott Foundationin 1997 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of National Partnerships. Ms. Schwerner has managed Schott's grantmaking, communications, development department and Schott’s Gender Justice portfolio. Prior to joining the staff at Schott, Ms. Schwerner was a research and editorial assistant for Jonathan Kozol. She worked on his books Savage Inequalities and Amazing Grace, and on all of Kozol's other projects over a ten-year period.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

In Pursuit of Educational Equity: Building Healthy Living and Learning Communities

A cross-cutting framework that incorporates education, health, safety, school climate, community power, and additional factors that influence the learning environment, HLLC offers parents, students, and public school systems a tool to support the creation of communities that are just and fair for all. Schott’s HLLC Index measures the health of living and learning in districts starting with academic supports and continuing to health, juvenile justice, and local community civic engagement. The Index’s “whole child dashboard” provides a tool for parents, education practitioners, and policymakers to measure progress in creating healthy living and learning systems. It offers a common language for assessing whether at the district level students receive appropriate “learning climate” supports and opportunities. It helps determine whether school systems align with and receive the supports afforded to other systems to achieve the goal of preparing a community of learners who are good citizens and career and college ready. The Index’s design reflects the reality that a majority of schools and school districts now serve low-income students, students of color, and an increasing number of English language learners and students with disabilities. It is built with the understanding that not all children have the same needs and their school interactions may represent only a small part of their interactions with public institutions that influence their opportunity to learn and succeed.

Speakers: Cassie Schwerner, Zakiyah Ansari