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Posted May 17, 2018

Did Brown v. Board Really Produce Better Outcomes for Our Black Students?

I sometimes ponder whether or not Brown v. Board of Education was the worst thing that ever happened to African-American student achievement. With the death…

By David Mitchell

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Posted May 10, 2018

Hope and Outrage: Put Kanye’s Stupidity to Good Use

OUTRAGE: Having Black Skin Will Get You the Win So if y’all haven’t heard, we’re witnessing the rebirth of “Hidden Figures” in a Black Girl…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 4, 2018

It Would Be So Easy for Me to Stop Caring About Race. But Then That Would Be Stupid.

It would be so easy to stop caring about race. Yes, I can only say this because I’m White. Yes, I can only say this…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 4, 2018

Why Meek Mill’s Release From Prison Matters More to Your Students Than You Think

The enslavement, segregation and brutality of Black communities has been the bloody heirloom to White America for centuries. And the prison-industrial complex has been a…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

Over the last few days, I’ve been tackling implicit bias with my eighth-graders. I mean, if Starbucks can shut down for a day to learn…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

If You’re Justifying Higher Suspension Rates for Black Kids Then You’re Not Facing Up to Racism in America

Many people of privilege, myself included, have a hard time looking in the mirror and confronting their own racism. They will do anything to justify…

By Zachary Wright 

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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. 5, 2018

This Teacher With a White Nationalist Podcast Is Outrageous But She’s Not Alone

Two days after a Florida middle school teacher named Dayanna Volitich was outed as this White nationalist podcaster, the teacher is now denying that she…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

Whether Families Choose Diversity or Cultural Affirmation, Charters Meet Their Needs

For many years, education policy has focused on closing educational access and achievement gaps that exist between low-income, predominantly communities of color, and more affluent…

By Sonia Park

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Posted May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end to school shootings. It’s time…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 18, 2018

Want Safer Schools? Listen to the Wave of Student Voices.

In recent months, hundreds of thousands of students from across the United States made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with.…

By Jimmy Simpson Jr.

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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