Vivett Dukes

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New York City, New York

Vivett Dukes (nèe Hemans) is entering her seventh year as a middle and high school English Language Arts teacher. Currently, she is teaching in a College Board middle and high school also in Jamaica, Queens where the population of students she serves is diversified on cultural, religious, and socio-economic planes. Previously, she taught in an all-male, all minority, urban public school in Southside Jamaica, Queens.

During her time as a teacher within the New York City Department of Education she has served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council 2014-2016 cohort, a classroom lab facilitator with Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s Learning Partners Program, grade team leader, inquiry team leader, and most recently, English Department Chairperson.

She serves as a teacher advisor for both the New York Times’ Upfront magazine and Scholastic’s Scope magazine, as well as a Bethune Teaching Fellow for the New York Urban League.

At her core, Vivett is a passionate teacher-leader and humanitarian who is dedicated to taking her voice outside of the classroom in an effort to elevate authentic conversations and grassroots changes in educational equity.

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

VIDEO: I Fight Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline for My Students and for My Husband

Every day during the week I teach Black and Brown kids at a school in the ’hood. Then every Saturday…

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Posted Sep. 22, 2017

Damn! NO Black Teachers Are Being Hired? This Is Crazy!!

I have a serious inquiry for school administrators: Is a teacher applicant’s race a factor when you consider hiring them?…

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education…

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Posted June 1, 2017

I Got an Email That My Former Student Graduated and I Wish His Dad Could Have Seen Him

Last Friday I had a fire in my apartment. Everyone is fine, thank God, and I’ve been taking care of…

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

I Told My Daughter She’d Better Not Become a Teacher Like Me

“Make sure you contribute to the TDA [Tax-Deferred Annuity]!,” I hear. “Teachers retire as millionaires!,” I hear. I listen faithfully…

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017

What Two Young Black Men Had to Say About the Importance of Reading

My students and I began reading “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” a few weeks ago. It’s a…

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016

Here’s What a Good Student Teaching Experience Looks Like

The most important element of my pre-service teaching experience was my cooperating teacher, Keri Crocco. She welcomed me into her…

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016

As Long as People Continue to Believe There’s a Post-Racial America, We’ll Never Be Able to ‘Keep It Real’

Black people in general advance American culture. When you look at the history of American music, you need look no…

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

I Was a Teacher and I Was Homeless

“Whether you broke or rich you gotta get this Havin’ money’s not everything, not havin’ it is.”  —Kanye West, “Good…

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Posted Oct. 26, 2016

Teachers of Color Are ‘Great!’ as Long as Their Voices Are Not Too Black or Too Strong

Negroes, Sweet and docile, Meek, humble and kind: Beware the day They change their mind! —Langston Hughes I’ve been getting…

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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?”…

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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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