Martín Pérez

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Education Advocacy Fellow, 50CAN

Phoenix, Arizona

Martín Pérez grew up in Compton, California, and was the first in his family to attend and graduate college. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Teach For America as a corps member at Phoenix’s Alhambra School District. In 2014, Martín was named Alhambra School District’s Teacher of the Year. He currently serves as an education advocacy fellow at 50CAN.

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Posted May 31, 2016

Education Reform Advocacy Is About Addition Not Subtraction

Last week a long-simmering debate about which kinds of diversity—ideological, political, socioeconomic, racial or ethnic—should matter most in our education…

By Martín Pérez

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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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