ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Chicago, Illinois

ShaRhonda Knott Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

We All Have Blind Spots About Race. Here Are More Racial Crossfit Exercises to Keep You Morally Fit.

I recently wrote about my White teacher who badmouthed civil rights in 1995. She willfully did not want to let…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 12, 2017

My Teacher Said ‘I Love My Mammy’ and My Principal Thought I Was the One With the Problem

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to defend free speech on campuses and criticized the idea of creating safe…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Here’s Everything You Need to Know When You’re Done Denying Your Kid Has Special Needs

Before I had my younger daughter, I had no idea about special education. I had never heard of an IEP…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 16, 2017

I’m No Black Revolutionary But After Charlottesville I Want to Be

This weekend, there was a terrible and very telling incident in Charlottesville, Virginia. While emotions are high and people are…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted July 21, 2017

Have You Heard of ‘Racial Crossfit?’ Try This Summer Workout

White people, with all the racial turmoil in our world, do you want “do something” about racism? Well, today is…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

How I Got 350 People to See “Hidden Figures” For Free in 4 Days

Like so many Black women, I was excited about the movie “Hidden Figures.” My enthusiasm skyrocketed when I got a…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

We Stand Up for Kids Even When You Don’t Want Us To

Women education bloggers from around the country shared their thoughts on what it means to be, raise and educate women…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, Katelyn Silva, Valentina Korkes

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Posted Feb. 6, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Does Not Begin With Slavery. It Starts in Africa.

The narrative of Black people, as taught by most American schools, begins with slavery. But that’s not where our story begins; our story begins in Africa.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 26, 2016

This Election May Be R-Rated, But Our Kids Need to See It

“Democracy needs to be re-born in each generation and education is its mid-wife.” —John Dewey   If this election were…

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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