Gwen Samuel

Gwen Samuel, Member of Education Post's Advisory Network

Founder and President, Connecticut Parents Union

United States

Gwen Samuel is the founder and president of the Connecticut Parents Union. She is an advocate for the educational rights of all children to ensure that race, zip code and socio-economic status are not predictors of student success. A parent of two children in Connecticut Public Schools, she also is the founder of two volunteer organizations in Connecticut—State of Black CT Alliance and Meriden Kids Walk Safe Coalition: A Safe Routes to School Initiative. Ms. Samuel, along with other parents and educational advocates, successfully introduced the state’s “Parent Trigger” law, in the form of School Governance Councils, which allows parents to make recommendations that support turning around systemically low-performing schools.

In recognition of her work, Parenting magazine selected Ms. Samuel as one of 51 mothers nationwide to represent Connecticut at the inaugural Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Posted July 25, 2017

Rev. Al Sharpton, Let’s Talk About Your ‘Sister’ Randi

“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence…to alienate…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 6, 2017

This Is Why the Oppressed Can’t Get No Sleep

While many were celebrating the Fourth of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Oct. 20, 2016

Black Parents Don’t Have Time for a Charter vs. Traditional Schools Debate

Black parents have enough to worry about just by virtue of having a Black child. We worry about our Black…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Dec. 22, 2015

VIDEO: Guns Down, Books Up

The message is very clear: Pick up a book and stop the violence.…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted June 30, 2015

Creating Teachable Moments Around Racism

We refuse to acknowledge that racism and classism are woven throughout every institution within our country, even within policies that…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Feb. 23, 2015

Teachers Unions Should Listen to Parents, Not Marketing Firms

Solutions for parents to public education’s many inequities require real talk in real time. But you won’t find real talk…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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