ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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 July 6, 2018

Summer Is Tough for Parenting a Child With Disabilities But It’s Also an Opportunity

As a parent of a daughter with a disability, I feel like I am in a perpetual state of learning…

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Posted June 15, 2018

16 Amazing Black Men and Their Advice for Young Students

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful fathers in the world. However, for Black people, Father’s Day…

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Posted May 16, 2018

Even When Your Kid Has Special Needs, Sometimes You Gotta Back Off and Let Them Make Their Own Choices

My younger daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life. She is full of energy, gives great cuddles…

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Posted May 8, 2018

Separate But Equal Doesn’t Work, Except When We’re Talking Graduation Ceremonies

Dear White Elementary and High School Administrators: Did you see what happened at the University of Florida’s graduation ceremony on…

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of…

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a…

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

My Black History Is Knowing My Mother Africa and Her Descendants Throughout the Diaspora

This post was inspired by a Nayyirah Waheed poem, “African American II,” from her book “Salt.” In the 1400s, Europeans first arrived…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

Racial CrossFit Exercise for Black History Month: Study White Racism

If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to…

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to…

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Posted Jan. 15, 2018

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during…

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

How Pedro Martinez Is Innovating With the San Antonio Community to Create New Schools

This is the second in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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