Melinda Anderson

Posted Sep. 12, 2017

All the Black Kids Are Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

I attended a predominantly Latino grammar school. We were all friends for the most part—the Black students, Mexican students and the few White students that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 30, 2015

Don’t Block. Let’s Talk.

I practically have blisters from blocking / muting today. The stupid (& its allies) may not be contagious, but why take a chance. #MDAWisdom —…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 13, 2015

Here Are 4 Black Voices We Want to Hear More From

Sometimes we need to get off the beaten path. In Black History Month there is a temptation to do the easy thing, to recycle the…

By Chris Stewart

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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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