James E. Ford

Guest Blogger

Teacher, 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Charlotte, North Carolina

James E. Ford is the program director at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Prior to this, he served as the 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Ford taught world history at Garinger High School in Charlotte, North Caroline, starting in 2010.

Ford earned a bachelor of science in mass communication from Illinois State University in 2003 and a master’s degree in teaching from Rockford University in 2009.

Before deciding to become a teacher, Ford’s early career cemented his connection to children and youth. He worked as a truancy intervention specialist in high schools and director of a teen center that provided educational and after-school activities for youth at risk of dropping out of school. Ford was recognized as Charlotte Magazine’s Charlottean of the Year, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Teacher of the Year.

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

We Need to Start Telling the Truth About White Supremacy in Our Schools

“If we would start telling the truth in schools, we would not have racism. We could cure racism in this…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Dec. 5, 2016

It’s Time for Teachers to Take Some of the Blame for Trump

It’s been nearly a month since the election and I’m still not over it. I’ve probably gone through the full…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016

I Want to Talk About What Betsy DeVos Isn’t Going to Do for Black Students

The school choice debate has perhaps never been more central to the national conversation than right now. With the NAACP’s…

By James E. Ford

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Posted June 1, 2016

Education Must Be Part of the Movement for Black Lives and Social Justice

Over the past few years the nation has become familiar with the phrase Black Lives Matter. This is a declarative…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Apr. 20, 2016

In Charlotte, Children Still Wear the Garment of Disadvantage

The bustling Southern city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is once again grappling with segregated schools, a problem we had all…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Feb. 16, 2016

Stop Using Parents as an Excuse Not to Teach Our Children

My skin starts to crawl whenever I hear the issue of parental involvement raised in discussions about education equity. Not…

By James E. Ford

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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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