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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 May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end to school shootings. It’s time…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 18, 2018

Want Safer Schools? Listen to the Wave of Student Voices.

In recent months, hundreds of thousands of students from across the United States made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with.…

By Jimmy Simpson Jr.

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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