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Posted June 7, 2017

I Was a Black Male Born Into Poverty, So I Wrote This Book to Help Others Like Me

As a Black male born into poverty and raised by a single father who was a high school dropout, I used to believe that my…

By Roosevelt Mitchell III

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Posted June 6, 2017

He’s One of the Finest Educators I’ve Ever Seen in the Classroom and He’s Leaving

A few weeks ago, I received some of the hardest professional news I have ever received in my 12-year teaching career. I have been away…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

To Be Black and Have a Chance at a Quality Education in America Is a Fight

To be Black and have a chance at a quality education in America is a fight, rather than a privilege, no matter who is sitting…

By Juan Serrano

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: What Do Black Panthers Have to Do With a Charter School Principal? Let Me Tell You

Education was fundamental to the Black Panther Party, and it remains true for social justice activists today.…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 2, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: College Was a Given in My Nigerian Family and I’m Making Sure the Same Is True for My Students

We must find the strength to not give up on them, and to ensure, in turn, that they won’t give up on themselves. …

By Tunji Adebayo

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Posted Jan. 24, 2017

I Graduated From KIPP Over a Decade Ago and Now I’m Sharing That Same Love and Motivation With My Students

In America today, we are confronted with an unfortunate reality; a reality where our Black brothers and sisters fall victim to others’ beliefs and stereotypes.…

By Charles King

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017

How Martin Luther King Jr. Drives My Passion for School Choice

Yesterday we celebrated our 31st annual Martin Luther King Day. While schools were closed and students had the day off, many were encouraged to not just…

By David McGuire

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Teachers, Here’s How You Can Make These Last Days Before Break Count

The gap between Thanksgiving and winter break can be one of the most challenging stretches in time any teacher experiences. It’s like trekking the Sahara Desert…

By Shamar Knight-Justice

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Posted Sep. 13, 2016

Here’s a Teacher Who Shows Teaching Is a Profession of Love

Robert Gardley may be new to the teaching profession, but his energy and enthusiasm in working with youth is second nature to him. As the…

By David J. Johns, Cierra Kaler-Jones

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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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