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Posted Nov. 18, 2016

The World Is Bigger Than America and African-American Students Deserve Access to It

This week, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, along with nearly 100 countries around the world,…

By Alexandria Myers, Lauren Mims

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016

7-Year-Old Jordan West on Writing a Book, a Literacy Princess Party at the White House and Why Every Girl Is Smart, Beautiful and Special

Jordan West wants every girl—regardless of circumstance—to feel smart, beautiful and special. Wearing a tiara, Jordan read the book she…

By Lauren Mims, David J. Johns

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

The White House Hosted a Princess Party for Black Girls and It Was All About Celebrating Literacy

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” First Lady Michelle Obama reminds everyone of one of…

By Lauren Mims, Cierra Kaler-Jones

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Posted July 26, 2016

Here’s How You Can Support Students of Color Who Have Disabilities

The intersection of race and disability is often forgotten, minimized or ignored, especially in the lives of African-Americans and African-American…

By Damiana Dendy, Lauren Mims

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Posted July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide and #KeepKidsLearning

Summer is a critical time for students to strengthen skills, explore new passions and make new friends. Yet as we…

By Justin Lang, Lauren Mims

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Posted June 28, 2016

Why Black Girls Need Diverse Books

As a child, I loved spending Saturday afternoons at Eso Won Books, a Black-owned bookstore in the Leimert Park neighborhood…

By Brittany-Rae Gregory, Lauren Mims

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Posted June 14, 2016

5 Ways Schools Can Support African American LGBTQ Youth

On Friday June 10, 2016, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) in partnership with National…

By Andrene Jones-Castro, Lauren Mims

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

How Opening Up to My Colleagues Made Me Realize Social-Emotional Learning Isn’t Just For Students

Faculty meetings. What comes to mind when you hear those two words? Earlier this year, I experienced an extraordinary faculty meeting at my elementary school,…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead,…

By Charles Beavers

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