James E. Ford

james 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
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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
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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
devos

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
blacklives

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
integration

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
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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 Feb. 27, 2017
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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
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#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. 27, 2017
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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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