Posts from July 2016

Posted July 29, 2016

I’m Inspired by So Many Students But the Kid Who Tried to Kill Me Inspires Me Most

I was recently asked which of my former students most inspired me. I have literally thousands to draw from for both good and heart breaking…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 29, 2016

We Can’t Keep Ignoring the Suburbs and the Black People That Live in Them

L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy first came to my attention at this spring’s Education Writers Association (EWA) national conference in Boston, where he served as a panelist talking…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted July 29, 2016

How My Faith Led Me to Help Close the Achievement Gap in Our Public Schools

As my first group of students walked into my classroom in Compton, California, one student stood out: Brandi. She had a bright smile and beautiful…

By Nicole Baker Fulgham

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Posted July 28, 2016

We Need to Talk About Race Before Our White Teachers Can Support Our Black Children

When it comes to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, it’s no secret there is a glaring difference in cultures between those who teach and those who…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted July 28, 2016

There’s an Obama in My Classroom—and Yours, Too

I came home from Bible study last night and turned on the TV. The president was onstage at the Democratic National Convention speaking with the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 28, 2016

I Supported Hillary Before It Was Cool. Now I Hope She Does the Right Thing By Kids

I went on record as a Hillary Clinton supporter before it was the cool thing to do. Now I hope that Hillary will return the favor…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 28, 2016

Supporting Teachers in Pre-K Classrooms Can Pave the Way for Brighter Futures

I’ve seen the rapid growth of early childhood education in my professional life, both in my previous career as an educator in New York City…

By Carole Friedman

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Posted July 27, 2016

Reading a Report Card Shouldn’t Be Like Playing a Game of Twister

America doesn’t have a good relationship with color-coded systems as previous experiments have shown, but apparently that isn’t stopping the California State Board of Education…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 27, 2016

Coffee Break: Supt. Charlotte Ciancio on the Power of Unified Vision, Cutting-Edge School Choice, and Community Trust

On the northern edge of Denver sits a cutting-edge school district that has made remarkable progress over the past decade in serving primarily low-income families. Charlotte…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 26, 2016

Here’s How You Can Support Students of Color Who Have Disabilities

The intersection of race and disability is often forgotten, minimized or ignored, especially in the lives of African-Americans and African-American students. A 2016 press release…

By Damiana Dendy, Lauren Mims

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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