The Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity (Flood Center) will serve as a hub to identify and connect organizations, networks, and leaders to address issues of equity, access, and opportunity in education across North Carolina. The Flood Center is born out of the findings and recommendations of the Forum’s Study Group XVI: Expanding Educational Opportunity (2016), co-chaired by Dr. Flood,  as well as the Forum’s Color of Education partnership, which aims to achieve racial equity in education across North Carolina through building connections and engagement across fields of research, policy and practice. The Flood Center aims to continue this work by informing discussions on policies impacting equity & social justice, supporting and advancing equity-focused educator programming, and promote discussions around how schools are funded at the local and state levels, in hopes of achieving equity, access, and opportunity for all young people in North Carolina. 


So often we engage in discussions about education without including students, our primary stakeholders. This Flood Center series on Educational Equity and Opportunity leads with the voices of our students. Please join us monthly for a 1.5 hour session that will provide us space to hear from and engage with students and one another.


What Does Culturally Responsive Curriculum Mean to Our Students?

Recognizing that culturally-responsive curriculum is an important aspect of ensuring equity and meeting the needs of all of our students, this session focuses on the student perspective on what is and is not included in their curriculum and learning opportunities. This session will also feature a discussion with current educators on how to implement a culturally -responsive curriculum in the classroom. 

February 25th from 3:00-5:00 PM

Critical Conversations and Deeper Learning: Pedagogy with an Equity Lens

While it is great to create a culturally responsive curriculum, educators must also understand how to engage in the curriculum. Asking students to engage in discussions regarding their education, learning opportunities, and goals almost always leads to deeper insights, greater equity and changes to approaches. In our second session, we will hear directly from students and leaders from schools across North Carolina that focus on empowering learners through their pedagogy and learning opportunities.


More information coming soon.


More information coming soon.

About Dr. Dudley Flood

Dr. Dudley Flood is an educator and champion of school integration in North Carolina. In the years following the Brown v. Board of Education decision that mandated school desegregation in the United States, Dr. Flood traveled to every corner of the state to unite divided communities and work toward integrating our public schools. His legendary commitment to school integration and his belief that every child deserves an equitable educational opportunity will serve as the foundation and beacon for the work of the Forum’s new Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity.

Our Advisory Members

Dr. Tawannah Allen (Jackson), High Point University

Tom Bradshaw, Jr. Public School Forum Board Emeritus Member

Matt Bristow-Smith, Edgecombe Early College High School

Tracey Burns, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Renee Cavan, Truist

Nicky Charles

Dr. Scott Elliott, Watauga County Schools

Dr. Alice Garrett, Flood Group

Dr. Anthony Graham, Winston Salem State University

Dr. Patricia Hilliard, Friday Institute

Dr. Martinette Horner, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Connie Locklear, Public Schools of Robeson County Indian Affairs

Ann McColl, The Innovation Project

Dr. Marjorie Campo Ringler, East Carolina University

Dr. Kathy Spencer, Southeast Education Alliance

David Young (BOD representative), Participate Learning

Dr. Dudley Flood, Honorary Member (non-voting)

Our Publications

Pre-K Through 12 Education and COVID-19: Landscape Analysis of Impact Indicators

Study Group XVI Committee on Racial Equity: Action Plan and Recommendations

Our Projects

Color of Education is a partnership between the Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Sandra Wilcox Conway of Conway and Associates also provided key partnership design for Color of Education. The partnership seeks to build bridges across the fields of research, policy, and practice and bring together the knowledge and perspectives of communities, educators, policymakers, experts and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity and dismantling systemic racism in education across the state of North Carolina.

Our Funders

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