Molloy Professor Allison Roda in the News

Allison Roda Quoted in USA Today

January 13, 2020 - USA Today

"If you think that public schools should be leveling the playing field for all kids, then identifying children and ranking their potential based on who signed them up to take a test tends to reinforce the inequalities we see in society," said Allison Roda, an assistant professor of education at Molloy College in New York, who wrote a book about gifted education and segregation in New York City.

Dr. Roda will be a Panelist at Community Education Council (CEC) 1 Event

Got an opinion on gifted and talented programming?

Panel Discussion and Q & A will take place on October 30, 2019 at 7 p.m.
PS 20 Anna Silver School (Auditorium)
166 Essex Street,
Room 120
New York, N.Y. 10002

The Segregating Effects of School Choice Policies | Opinion

October 20, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Every parent wants the best education for their child, but options are often limited for a variety of reasons. One challenge is that schools in the United States are socioeconomically and racially segregated and unequal, a condition recently examined in a Stanford study, "Is Separate Still Unequal?"

What the Stanford study left out is how school segregation is maintained or exacerbated in part via school choice policy, and how parents, school leaders, and policymakers can work to break that cycle. As two qualitative researchers, we have analyzed this topic deeply and have found that school choice options can have a segregative effect. Our findings point to both the pitfalls of school choice policy, and also the promises when diversity is the goal.

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This Top Gifted and Talented School Is Integrated. Is It the Future?

October 10, 2019 - New York Times

"What it comes down to is: separation versus integration," said Allison Roda, a professor of education at Molloy College on Long Island who has studied gifted education in New York. "I haven't heard any strong argument for why they need to have separate classrooms, why they need separate instruction," she said, referring to gifted students.

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Dr. Allison Roda to Present at the Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation General Meeting

Join us for our first general meeting of the school year. We will be joined by Dr. Allison Roda (and possibly a few others) for a presentation on the history of Gifted and Talented programs in New York City. Dr. Roda is a Sociologist of Education at Molloy College who studies educational stratification, school integration, and urban education policy. Check out her recent op-ed on the proposed changes to G & T in the School Diversity Advisory Group, co-authored with Dr. Judith Kafka.

At the meeting we will also meet in workgroups to plan upcoming actions in the struggle to integrate our schools.

RSVP is required by September 23. RSVP HERE!

When: Tuesday, September 24, 6-8 p.m.

Where: NYCLU, 125 Broad Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY

How G&T Programs Hurt NYC: They Create a Climate of Scarcity and Drive Segregation Inside the System

August 28, 2019 - New York Daily News

By Allison Roda and Judith Kafka  

The just-unveiled proposal to eliminate New York City's Gifted and Talented programs, while also doing away with selective admissions for most middle schools, has predictably alarmed critics who fear that restructuring a system that sorts young children into academic "winners" and "losers" will hurt those who currently benefit from it.

Yet the city's G&T programs do not serve a highly specialized population of children with exceptional academic needs. Instead, they help to maintain racial and socio-economic segregation by creating exclusive educational spaces. Middle schools that base admissions on students' test scores, grades and attendance records serve a similar function: They promote segregation while framing high quality education as a scarce resource.

De Blasio Weighs Eliminating Gifted Programs in New York

August 27, 2019 - New York Times

"The way that New York City public schools are admitting gifted students into programs is in tension with the goal of integration," said Allison Roda, a professor of education at Molloy College who has studied the city's gifted programs for years. "It results in winners and losers in a public education system."

If New York City Eliminates Gifted Programs, Here's What Could Come Next

August 27, 2019 - Chalkbeat

Schoolwide enrichment "is really flipping the whole idea on its head," said Allison Roda, a professor at Molloy College who has studied the city's gifted programs. "Instead of sorting students based on perceived ability and whether they can pass a test when they're 4 years old, the school's job is to find out what those gifts and talents are and to develop them." 

Gifted and Talented Programs Are Not the Path to Equity

June 19, 2019 - The Century Foundation 
By Allison Roda and Judith Kafka 

This commentary is adapted from submitted written testimony by Allison Roda and Judith Kafka for a New York State Assembly Hearing held on May 10, 2019, addressing admissions and diversity in New York City's specialized high schools.

This year, just 10.5 percent of the students admitted to New York City's eight specialized high schools (SHS)-which use a single test to determine admission-were black or Latinx. This statistic-which hasn't changed much at all over the past five years-stands in stark contrast with the overall demographics of NYC's public schools, in which 66 percent of students are black or Latinx.

Dr. Allison Roda Publishes New Book

Inequality in Gifted and Talented Programs
Parental Choices about Status, School Opportunity, and Second-Generation Segregation

Inequality in Gifted and Talented Programs

Inequality in Gifted and Talented Programs examines the relationship between gifted and talented (G&T) education, school choice, and racialized tracking within New York City elementary schools. Roda examines parental attitudes around placing their children in a racially diverse elementary school with segregated G&T and General Education programs.

Gifted, Talented and Segregated - Integrated Schools

March 7, 2019 - Integrated Schools Podcast

Dr. Allison Roda joins us to discuss Gifted and Talented programs and segregation. Gifted programs (sometimes called G/T, GATE, TAG, etc) have long been criticized for serving a disproportionately large percentage of white and/or privileged students. Dr. Roda's research looks at how access to these programs is often 'gamed' by white/privileged families. In this episode, we discuss this research along with the the perceived importance of the label of "gifted" (and the stigmas of not acquiring the label). We talk about the challenges that gifted programs create for educational justice and what Dr. Roda suggests we could do about it.

The "Gentrification" Lesson

February 8, 2019 - No Wrong Answers Podcast Interview

Many city schools struggle with the g-word. Gentrification. But there are actual steps schools can take to get involved. Plus, norms about manhood are changing but our teachers seeing a difference in their male students? Three female teachers give us their take.

We Study School Choice and Gentrification. Here's How New York City should prepare for Amazon.

January 17, 2019 - Chalkbeat

Now that the holiday season has come to a close and the flow of Amazon boxes arriving at our doorsteps has slowed to a trickle, New Yorkers and Virginians are bracing themselves for a different Amazon arrival - the company's new offices planned for Long Island City and Northern Virginia. As education researchers, we are focused on how Amazon's arrival will transform schools in both areas. We've spent years studying gentrification and education and believe that Amazon's arrival presents an important opportunity to learn from the past - and to create policies that benefit all students and families before it is too late.

Parenting in the Age of High-Stakes Testing: Gifted and Talented Admissions and the Meaning of Parenthood

January 10, 2019 - Teachers College, The Voice interview

Education researcher Allison Roda discusses her TC Record article. Read more about Professor Roda's work here: Allison Roda.

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