Yolanda R. Whitted

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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 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?”…

By Brett Bigham

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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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