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Posted May 27, 2016
latinoeducators

Audacity of Nope: You Want People of Color Until You Don’t

I’d never say conservatives, especially those in education reform, have been cowed into silence. Conservatives tend to run the game, be quick to assume power…

By Alma V. Marquez

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Posted May 27, 2016
dairyn

Being Undocumented Isn’t Going to Stop Me From Going to College

In Honduras, my mother finished the equivalent of high school. She wanted to go on to college, but it’s a poor country, so she couldn’t…

By Dairyn Oliva Navarro

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Posted May 27, 2016
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It Took 9 Years But My Family’s Lessons Got Me Through College

When I walked onto the campus of DePaul University in the fall of 2003, I was scared. I felt prepared academically. Socially, I could hold…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted May 27, 2016
U_Hd_Cheyney

My Sister Led the Way for Me to Go to College

Though I am in the first generation of my family to go to college, it was my eldest sister who inspired me to follow in…

By Quibila Divine

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Posted May 26, 2016
brandi

How My Charter School Family Inspired Me to Be Nothing Less Than Exceptional and Gave Me a Life Full of Choices

Family aren’t just the people you’re related to, but the people who encourage you, and I consider so many people in KIPP New Orleans to…

By Brandi Slyve

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Posted May 26, 2016
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I Didn’t Get to #ProofPointDay on My Own

Weeks ago I attended a gala for a local nonprofit that was held in a beautiful historic courthouse, overlooking the Boston Harbor. Though I’ve been…

By Patty Diaz-Andrade

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Posted May 26, 2016
manny-graduation

I Wasn’t Getting Deported, I Was Going to College

Growing up, it was hard for me to find the right path. But thanks to Rauner College Prep, a Noble Network high school in Chicago,…

By Manuel Cardoza

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Posted May 26, 2016
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These Chicago Twins Have Some Advice for First-Generation College Hopefuls

Fraternal twins Kemonte and Kymon Harrington are members of the first graduating class of the Noble Network of Charter Schools’ Hansberry College Prep in Chicago.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 26, 2016
letter-lo

An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want to thank you for the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 26, 2016
nikki-graduation

From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted May 26, 2016
letter-lo

An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want to thank you for the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 26, 2016
nikki-graduation

From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted May 24, 2016
proofpointday

Here’s How We ‘Make America Great Again’: Support First-Generation College Students

Rumor has it that someone wants to make America great again. Unfortunately, our country wasn’t always great—many citizens were not seen, heard or valued. My…

By Chastity Lord

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