ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Chicago, Illinois

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

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

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

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 Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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