ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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ShaRhonda Knott Dawson currently resides in the west suburbs of Chicago with her two girls, ages 8 and 4, and her husband, Brian. She received her masters degree from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, with an emphasis on management and public policy. ShaRhonda also has over 15 years experience in nonprofit program management. She also has worked over 20 years as a political organizer, focusing on engaging youth, and people of color.

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017
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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
womensrights

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
ocean

#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
rated-r-copy

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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016
diverse

I Just Couldn’t Trust a Diverse Suburb With My Black Daughter’s Education

People loosely use the term “good schools and diversity” without looking into it or researching what that means. When you…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 10, 2016
IEP

Parents Shouldn’t Need a Lawyer to Get Special Education Support for Their Child

Back to school time is approaching, and with that comes all the “to-do’s” and “suggestions for parents” that make huge…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
realchoice

When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
girlatlunch

Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
parentinvolvement

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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