Posts from February 2017

Posted Feb. 28, 2017

Not Everyone Believes a Girl Like Me Could Become an Engineer, But Mr. Bass Does

Starting my freshmen year of high school, I enrolled in my high school’s new engineering program. The program consisted of three courses taught over three…

By Suliyat Olagbenro

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Call to Action: Give All Kids Access to Opportunities and Believe in Their Big Dreams

It never occurred to me that I couldn’t be anything I wanted to be. As I child, I dreamed of being Diana Ross, a doctor, an engineer, a business owner and a host of other things.…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017

I’m Singing a Redemption Song for #MyBlackHistory ’Cause Songs of Freedom Are All I Ever Had

My job now is to live life fully and to ensure my kids are powerfully educated to do the same. There is no better emancipation of mental slavery.…

By Kerry-Ann Royes

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

Do You Know This Hidden Figure? Meet Legendary Black Educator Dr. Anna Julia Cooper

A multitude of hidden figures silently loom in our shadows, yet those who know understand that as Black people we stand on the shoulders of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School

It’s 8:45 a.m. and a creative AP English teacher greets her students with handshakes and high fives. But they’re not as energetic as she is…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is a Shoutout to the Grandparents That Help Raise and Advocate for Kids

Despite having a third-grade education, they made sure reading was fundamental for not only their children but every child they came in contact with.…

By Jason B. Allen

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

Hey, ProPublica, No Child Left Behind and Charter Schools Aren’t the Root Cause of Gaming the System

Earlier this week, ProPublica published a data-heavy exposé showing how school districts across the country are offloading struggling students into alternative high school programs with weak…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is Making Sure Parents Like My Mom—An Immigrant Housekeeper—Have Ways to Be Involved in Their Child’s Education

My mother immigrated to America from Haiti in 1971 at the age of 20. “Ingrid,” she would say, “make sure you do what the teacher says, without school your life will be hard like mine.”…

By Ingrid Lafalaise

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

To the NAACP: Rescind the Moratorium and Work With Us to Improve Charter School Oversight

In response to public outcry over its call for a charter moratorium, the NAACP is on a listening tour across the country to learn more…

By Karega Rausch

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

My Classroom Changed When I Started to Understand What Empathy Really Is

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. These sayings are frequently used to get…

By Troy Rivera

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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