Posted Mar. 15, 2018

Coffee Break: Memphis Education Leader Natalie McKinney Is Doing the Right Thing for Families for the Right Reasons

Last fall, former Shelby County Schools policy director Natalie McKinney assumed leadership of Whole Child Strategies, a nonprofit created to help Memphis neighborhood leaders use…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 21, 2017

This Memphis School Cheated and Lied and It’s the Students of Color Who Lose

In a world of extreme inequity in education, low-income students and parents may not expect very much of their schools, but they at least deserve…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps that’s why Mendell Grinter, was…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

VIDEO: Are Charter Schools Dividing the Black Community?

Making the Grade, a new partnership between Education Week and PBS News Hour, is so cool…and needed. Charter school news coverage has essentially become all…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Tennessee’s Achievement School District Shows How State Interventions Can Work for Kids

In a recent column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, two Nashville school board members cautioned Georgia voters on supporting the Opportunity School District proposal based on…

By Malika Anderson

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

I’m a Card-Carrying Member of the NAACP and I Want to Apologize to Black Parents

I owe you an apology. I watched you show up in Cincinnati, Ohio for the NAACP’s national board meeting, yearning to be heard by board members,…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

Local Education Philanthropy: The Story No One is Talking About

Our understanding of philanthropy is faulty. Judging by news stories, commentaries, and blogs, one would assume the billion-dollar foundations of Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 6, 2016

In Memphis, Teach For America Is More Diverse and Local Than Ever

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported on the 10-year anniversary of Teach For America (TFA) in Memphis. It was fascinating to see how the demographics…

By Zack Barnes

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Posted June 29, 2016

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Structural Reforms Are Necessary But Not Sufficient for Turning Around Our Lowest Performing Schools

I am the principal of Cherokee Elementary, a Memphis school where, not long ago, only 14 percent of students were proficient in math, and just 16 percent in reading. Three years later, after being labeled a state “priority school” and placed in the Shelby County School District Innovation Zone (“iZone”), the percentage of Cherokee students doing math and science at grade level has more than quadrupled; reading proficiency has more than…

By Rodney Rowan

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

Here’s How You Know When You Need to Check Your Microaggressions at the Front Door

If I had money to wager, I’d bet that if you’re a female teacher, this has happened to you. You’re in a meeting and you…

By Shanna Peeples

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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