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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Want to Close Achievement Gaps? Know Why They Exist in the First Place

There’s a sad reality in our education system today: Some students just don’t do as well as others. I realize I’m not breaking news here,…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

We Can’t Be Teachers by Day and Oppress Our Students of Color by Night

A few summers back, I was at a wedding reception, exchanging the customary pleasantries one does when seated next to people one has only just…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 9, 2017

It’s Not Enough to Denounce Racism, We Have to Own Our Part in It

I often think about the 16-year-old Black girl who took my honors English class a few years ago. She was the only person of color…

By Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

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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. 24, 2017

Banning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Because It Makes You Uncomfortable Isn’t How You Learn

Biloxi, Mississippi, made news when its public school district pulled Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its eighth-grade reading list earlier this month.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

DeVos May Be a Lot of Things But a White Supremacist Isn’t One of Them

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently found herself, per usual, swarmed by protesters at a recent appearance at Harvard. But something stood out in the…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low. Here’s what it looks like…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

Hey, Rick Hess, Know Your History on White Supremacy

Last week, Rick Hess lambasted not only the Harvard protesters who greeted Betsy DeVos with a banner reading “White Supremacist,” but all the progressive education…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 17, 2017

I Could Have Been a White Supremacist, and It’s Terrifying to Think About

The first racist thing I remember hearing is my dad calling the NBA “Blacksketball.” That sort of mega-witty racial humor permeated Milwaukee while growing up.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

We All Have Blind Spots About Race. Here Are More Racial Crossfit Exercises to Keep You Morally Fit.

I recently wrote about my White teacher who badmouthed civil rights in 1995. She willfully did not want to let go of White supremacy. There…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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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