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Posted July 3, 2018

Independence Has Always Been a Day Late and a Dollar Short for Black People, But Schools Can Change That

On June 19, 1865, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing (only) some of the enslaved, Union Major General Gordon Granger, rode into…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 10, 2018

Hope and Outrage: Put Kanye’s Stupidity to Good Use

OUTRAGE: Having Black Skin Will Get You the Win So if y’all haven’t heard, we’re witnessing the rebirth of “Hidden Figures” in a Black Girl…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 3, 2018

Hey Kanye, I’m an English Teacher But I’ve Got a History Lesson for You

Welcome to my class, Kanye. Before you arrived, I read this quote from you telling me that learning is important to you and that you…

By Monica Washington

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman Running a Charter School That’s Closing the Achievement Gap

Ramona Wilder comes from a long line of educators dating back to the 1800s when her great, great grandfather had old school church houses where…

By Nicole Sahbaee

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

My Black History Is Knowing My Mother Africa and Her Descendants Throughout the Diaspora

This post was inspired by a Nayyirah Waheed poem, “African American II,” from her book “Salt.” In the 1400s, Europeans first arrived to my Mother Africa’s house.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

This Black History Month Teach Your Students About African-Americans in the Military

To be a leader means you’re always prepared for the inevitable battle that is to come. Every Black History Month, we learn about the leaders…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

These 7 Black Educators Shaped America

Black teachers have influenced countless students over the years, and America wouldn’t be what it is without them. As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

Remembering Anna Julia Cooper on Her Birthday

On this day in 1858, Anna Julia Cooper entered the world in North Carolina. Few people transform a country for the better, let alone when…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

How I Got 350 People to See “Hidden Figures” For Free in 4 Days

Like so many Black women, I was excited about the movie “Hidden Figures.” My enthusiasm skyrocketed when I got a letter from Trinity United Church…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 17, 2018

4 Things Every First-Year Teacher Needs to Know

Recently, I shared with a colleague that I was about to start my new job as an assistant professor of education, assisting first-year teachers as…

By Zachary Wright 

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