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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

If You’re an Educator Who Thinks We Need to Hold Parents Accountable, You Need to Do Some Soul Searching

Time and time again, I’ve heard educators say that the lack of parental engagement in their schools is what is holding them back. But, when…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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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 classrooms and ventured off into…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 27, 2017

I’m a White Male Teacher Teaching Black Kids and We Have to Talk About That

It happens every year. One day, in my classroom in a school that serves a nearly 100 percent African-American population, perhaps after we analyze a…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

The Principal That Leads Is the Principal That Is Seen

Leadership is a word that has been bandied about so much it has lost its true essence. The proliferation of “leaders” on book covers, political…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 16, 2017

I Have 770 Children. Okay, Not Really. But I Love My Students All the Same.

“Education among all kinds of men, always had, and always will have, an element of…revolution.” —W.E.B DuBois “The most revolutionary thing a Black man can…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 7, 2017

I Was a Principal in Southwest Philly and That Didn’t Stop These Black Cops From Pulling Me Over

All year our eighth-grade students have been grappling with social justice issues and how to address them. They’ve closely analyzed past movements in America and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Nov. 14, 2016

Here’s What I Told My Black Students to Remember Now That Trump Is President

The morning after the election, Philadelphia was fresh off a six-day public transit strike. Now our students, who had demonstrated high levels of grit and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

Before You Get Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline, Hear Me Out

I’m concerned about the growing backlash against what are referred to as “no excuses” schools. Too often, critics depict overly-rigid approaches to discipline that pave…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 13, 2016

The NAACP Was Founded by White People and It Still Isn’t Looking Out for Black Families

Some organizations are committed to a cause. Everyone knows exactly what they stand for. Look at Greenpeace—everybody knows that they’re about reducing human harm to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 28, 2016

To My Students: Your Civil Rights Movement Is Now

Last Friday, I ended my 24th year working with the youth of our city and my 23rd year working directly in schools. I currently have…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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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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