Diamond speaks with Education Week about ‘Reframing Suburbs’

UW–Madison’s John Diamond was interviewed for a report in Education Week that’s headlined, “Suburban Schools Have Changed Drastically. Our Understanding of Them Has Not.” The article focuses on the release of a recent study by Diamond and co-first author Linn Posey-Maddox that is titled, “Reframing Suburbs: Race, Place, and Opportunity in Suburban Educational Spaces.”

John Diamond

Diamond is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

The study is also co-authored by María D. Velázquez, a doctoral student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Diamond says that differences between urban and suburban districts are less distinct than people think, and they are not “havens from issues, such as poverty and educational inequity, that city schools have long grappled with.” That makes them ideal locations to study these issues.

“There’s a fascination with city schools,” Diamond said in his interview with Education Week. “The way that people study leadership and education is often focused on urban leadership and urban schools. There may be courses on rural education, because that tends to be a category that people pay attention to, but suburban often gets overlooked.”

That is despite the fact that a majority of the nation’s K-12 public school students attend suburban schools, the article notes.

Teachers and principals are working in districts “that don’t look like they did 15 years ago and they’re grappling with issues that they may not have thought they were have to going to understand,” Diamond continued.

“The demographic shifts that people experience make them anxious and hungry to find out more information about how to respond to those changes.”

Read the full article at EdWeek.org, here.