Yolanda R. Whitted

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Dallas, Texas

Yolanda R. Whitted is an AP English teacher and an advocate for urban gifted and talented youth in poverty in Dallas, Texas.

Yolanda was once herself an urban, unidentified gifted and talented student living as a homeless teen on the South Side of Chicago. Now, she feels understanding her story, challenges and triumphs helps her to be a great support for both students and teachers. She currently conducts research, designs curriculum and creates best practices for teachers in urban classrooms. Yolanda has designed and facilitated professional development across the nation as well as abroad in Oman. She was a presenter at the College Board’s “A Dream Deferred” conference in 2016.

Yolanda is an active North Carolina Central University alumni, as well as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The National Council of Teachers of English, the National Educators Association, and Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.

RECENT POSTS

Posted Mar. 21, 2017

I Was Homeless and In and Out of School. Then I Got Into Ms. Russell’s Car.

I wasn’t supposed to be where I am today. People repeatedly told me, “You ain’t nothin’. You ain’t neva gon…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

The Top 10 Websites to Help Teachers Fund Everything

Those who love teaching often find themselves in schools that either cannot or will not fund advanced technology, teaching supplies or…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School

It’s 8:45 a.m. and a creative AP English teacher greets her students with handshakes and high fives. But they’re not…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted May 23, 2017

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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