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.

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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 Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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