John Diamond is currently the UW faculty co-lead (with Gloria Ladson-Billings) for the Forward Madison Initiative, a multi-year collaborative partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This project emphasizes closing opportunity gaps through building new educator induction processes, enhancing professional learning, and increasing workforce diversity.
Throughout his career, Diamond has worked to build collaborative relationships across educational levels and to reduce the divide between research, policy, and practice. He served as the first Research Director for the Minority Student Achievement Network, working with district leaders to study patterns of racial inequality in their schools and enact practices to reduce such inequalities.
He is currently the convener of the Sociology Node of the Urban Research Action Network. URBAN is a multidisciplinary, distributed network of scholars and practitioners committed to articulating and strengthening the collaborative methods and impact, sharing findings, raising the visibility, developing career pathways and increasing the acceptance within the academy, of community-based research.
Diamond also works with multiple school districts in the Midwest and around the country on issues of educational equity and school and district leadership. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Diamond will be embedding himself in with district leaders in two school districts that are working on issues of racial equity. This work is supported by the Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant Program.