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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Video: This 11-Year-Old Created a Book Club to Encourage More Black Boys to Read

Sidney Keys III is the 11-year-old that created a book club to encourage more Black boys to read and then later founded Books N Bros,…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Feb. 16, 2017

WATCH: Meet Marley Dias, the 12-Year-Old Activist and Author

Meet Marley Dias. She’s a 12-year-old activist and author. In November 2015, Marley launched #1000BlackGirlBooks with a goal to collect 1,000 books with Black women…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

WATCH: These Philly Parents Took a Freedom Ride to D.C. to Fight for Better Schools

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, seven families from North Philadelphia set out on a journey for their children’s education. We called our journey a “Freedom…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

VIDEO: Students of Color at America’s Top Schools Are Made to Feel Thankful for Just Being There

I recently wrote an article articulating my frustrations about fetishizing and valuing folks of color at elite institutions and wanted to follow-up with a video sharing…

By Doreen Mohammed

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

VIDEO: Turns Out Everything I Thought About Public Charter Schools Was Wrong

When I interviewed for a position with Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) in Rhode Island almost three years ago, my perception of “charter schools” was very…

By Alisha Smith

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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 Sep. 26, 2016

Students Need Respect, Not Admiration.

Adults admire students who stand up to have their voices heard. Reformers share their stories and news outlets report on the integration of student voice.…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Sep. 21, 2016

WATCH: Here’s Why We Should Really Listen to Student Voices

  “If we really listened to student voices, we’d be shocked by what we heard.”   What’s the goal of our school system? To educate…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Aug. 12, 2016

Thank a Teacher: How Arne Duncan Found His Voice

Everybody has their inspiration. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told us about how he was inspired and challenged by his 10th-grade English teacher:…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted July 5, 2016

WATCH: How I Became a Charter School Supporter

I remember the exact moment I became a charter school supporter. It was 2006, and I was a few days away from completing my first…

By Jamie Davies O’Leary

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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