Learn Together, Live Together (LTLT) is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of education stakeholders passionate about promoting racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in schools.
LTLT envisions a world where all children have access to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments that will allow them to flourish academically, socially, and as adults in an increasingly diverse world.
Our mission is to educate, inform, and engage a wide range of diverse constituencies to reframe and reenergize grassroots efforts to support school diversity/integration.
How We Do Our Work
LTLT believes in expanding the tent of school diversity supporters in the 21st century. We will achieve this goal by engaging a wide range of diverse constituencies, collaborating to re-conceptualize school diversity/integration as comprising of numerous policy options, and generating a series of school diversity messaging toolkits that will provide opportunities and spaces for listening, educating, and communicating around the value of school to these different constituencies.
By listening to a broad range of perspectives, LTLT aims to grow a nationwide, grassroots coalition of K-12 school diversity/integration supporters. As the organization grows, LTLT hopes be recognized as a partner for a variety of education stakeholders (e.g., school/district leaders, policymakers, teacher, parents, students, etc.) looking to improve school diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in their schools and communities.
Principle #1: We Believe in Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Learning Environments
Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in schools is important, but it is not enough. We must pay attention to equity and inclusion to avoid promoting diversity that is merely superficial. True school diversity requires equitable resources and an inclusive learning environment so all children have the supports they need to be successful.
Principle #2: We’re Stronger When We Collaborate
School diversity is not just an educational issue, or a social justice issue, or an economic issue — it’s all of those at once. Educational equity one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced and we’re going to have to work together to solve it.
That means bringing people together — not just policy makers, but youth, young adults, parents, educators, researchers, and more — and building diverse, bi-partisan coalitions that are strong enough to educate and advocate for policies and programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools at national, state and local levels.
Principle #3: Mass Mobilizations Make Change
“Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever begin to live together.”
-Justice Thurgood Marhsall, Milliken v Bradley (1974)
The words of Justice Thurgood Marshall could not be more salient at this time. Now, when our nation seems to be growing increasingly divided, polarized by fear, anger, mistrust, and hate, is the time when we need to come together.
We need to convene and make our voices heard — that is how we demonstrate our power as a movement.