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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: Meet the Bronx Educator Who Uses Hip-Hop to Teach Science

As a science teacher in the same school system where I attended elementary and high school, I have noticed a significant lack of engagement and what many call an aversion for learning science among Black male students.…

By Edmund Adjapong

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

VIDEO: Students of Color at America’s Top Schools Are Made to Feel Thankful for Just Being There

I recently wrote an article articulating my frustrations about fetishizing and valuing folks of color at elite institutions and wanted to follow-up with a video sharing…

By Doreen Mohammed

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Stop Fetishizing Minority Students as Superhuman Poverty Survivors

Why must we always outperform White folks at elite institutions? Resilience. Grit. Strength. Resistance. Surviving, thriving and surpassing against all odds, statistics and the status…

By Doreen Mohammed

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Posted Aug. 22, 2016

Statisticians Without Data Are Painting a Misleading Picture About Charter Schools

For a statistician, Andrew Gelman of Columbia University has an apparent discomfort with data. What else can explain his recent piece in Vox, co-written with…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 25, 2016

What This Barber Can Teach You About Cultural Competency in the Classroom

Of Barbers and Beauty Shops On a beautiful fall afternoon at the end of October, a group of scholars sat around a magnificently decorated table…

By Chris Emdin

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Posted June 25, 2015

Special Education Is a Right for Children of Color, Not a Privilege

My nephew has a speech impediment. In his early years it was an adorable addition to his cute and quirky personality, but by the first…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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