Zachary Wright 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zachary Wright is the 12th-grade world literature and AP Literature teacher at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus where he has been for the last eight years, having taught nearly every senior the school has ever had. Over his more than 10 years in Philadelphia classrooms, he was named Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2013 and has participated in the fight for equal education funding by testifying before Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission as well as in the state house rotunda in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a…

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

If You’re Justifying Higher Suspension Rates for Black Kids Then You’re Not Facing Up to Racism in America

Many people of privilege, myself included, have a hard time looking in the mirror and confronting their own racism. They…

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

My Students Who Fight for Social Change Hold a Special Place in My Heart

As teachers, there are few things more inspiring and gratifying than seeing the success of students who have left our…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2018

I Found the Right School for My Son With Autism and It’s Only Because I’m White and Have Money

It’s March, and all over the country, students and their families are waiting anxiously to receive emails and letters about…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

After Watching Betsy DeVos on ‘60 Minutes,’ I Can Totally See Why People Don’t Trust Her

As a teacher who wants to learn from and become involved in the larger national conversation on education, I tuned…

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

How About This, Mr. President? Arm Yourself With Some Decency

Do I really have to explain why I shouldn’t have a gun in my classroom? Is this who we are?…

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Posted Feb. 26, 2018

I Don’t Want to Weaken Teachers Unions, I Want Them to Use Their Strength for the Right Reasons

In a recent article, Mark Paige argues against the possible weakening of teachers unions due to the upcoming Supreme Court…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

If You Really #LoveTeaching Then You’ll Admit It’s Hard as Hell

We’re halfway through the school year. Halfway through the essays, assignments and tests. Halfway through the assemblies. Halfway through the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches,…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of affluent homeowners filed their taxes…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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