Black History Month

Posted July 12, 2017

You’ve Heard About the Achievement Gap. Here’s 10 Ways Communities Can Help Close It.

During the new millennium, the United States faces a vital challenge—the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap between Caucasian and minority students, specifically, students…

By MDonnell Tenner

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Call to Action: Give All Kids Access to Opportunities and Believe in Their Big Dreams

It never occurred to me that I couldn’t be anything I wanted to be. As I child, I dreamed of being Diana Ross, a doctor, an engineer, a business owner and a host of other things.…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017

I’m Singing a Redemption Song for #MyBlackHistory ’Cause Songs of Freedom Are All I Ever Had

My job now is to live life fully and to ensure my kids are powerfully educated to do the same. There is no better emancipation of mental slavery.…

By Kerry-Ann Royes

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

Do You Know This Hidden Figure? Meet Legendary Black Educator Dr. Anna Julia Cooper

A multitude of hidden figures silently loom in our shadows, yet those who know understand that as Black people we stand on the shoulders of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is a Shoutout to the Grandparents That Help Raise and Advocate for Kids

Despite having a third-grade education, they made sure reading was fundamental for not only their children but every child they came in contact with.…

By Jason B. Allen

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Posted Feb. 24, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is Making Sure Parents Like My Mom—An Immigrant Housekeeper—Have Ways to Be Involved in Their Child’s Education

My mother immigrated to America from Haiti in 1971 at the age of 20. “Ingrid,” she would say, “make sure you do what the teacher says, without school your life will be hard like mine.”…

By Ingrid Lafalaise

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Posted Feb. 23, 2017

#MyBlackHistory Is Knowing That Knowledge Is Power and It Starts at Home

As an adult, as a mother and as a student I know that education is the key to just about anything. It is important for children to see the people around them striving to learn more, know more and be more so that they know that it is possible.…

By Yasmine Muhammad

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

We’re All Implicated in Systemic Racism

Race weighs heavily on my mind these days, not just because it’s Black History Month but mostly because my work in education reform is focused…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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