Lawanda Crayton

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Parent

Chicago, Illinois

Lawanda Crayton recently did a StoryCorps interview with Arne Duncan, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education, who she first met as a mentor in the “I Have a Dream” program in her elementary school 25 years ago.

She lives on the South Side of Chicago and is the mom of two teenage daughters. Crayton works as a database manager for the City of Chicago and formerly worked for Chicago Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s from Robert Morris University and her master’s from Capella University.

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

They Said I Was Too Broken to Be Saved

Growing up in an abusive, violent home. Struggling to survive with little money in a violent neighborhood. Angry and absent…

By Lawanda Crayton

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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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