Vivett Dukes

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New York City, New York

Vivett Dukes (nèe Hemans) is in her eighth year as a middle and high school English Language Arts teacher. For her first four years in the DOE, she taught in an all-male, all minority, urban public school in Southside Jamaica, Queens erected for the express purpose of counteracting the pervasive school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately impacts Black and Brown boys. 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. 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, English Department Chairperson and Bethune Teaching Fellow for the New York Urban League.

Currently, in additional to teaching seventh-grade English Language Arts, she serves as a Lead Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) Reading Across All Disciplines (RAAD) Literacy Teacher, Advisor for the New York Times’ Upfront magazine and Scholastic Inc., educational blogger for New York School Talk, and Co-CEO/Co-Founder of SpeakYaTruth.org and One Voice Online Blog Magazine. She also hosts a bi-weekly #SafeSpaceConvos Twitter chat about issues as the forefront of education.

At her core, Vivett is a passionate wife, mom, teacher-leader, keynote speaker, public intellectual, social activist, social advocate, and humanitarian who is dedicated to taking her voice outside of the classroom and into the public arena in an effort to elevate authentic conversations and grassroots changes in educational equity and human rights advocacy.

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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 June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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