Desiree Mitchel

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Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Desiree Mitchell is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Desiree teaches seventh grade composition at Match Middle School in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and she is a host teacher and coach for the Sposato Graduate School program at Match. She is a Teach for America alum and serves on the Teach for America Massachusetts Alumni Advisory Board.

Desiree graduated from Rogers State University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and earned her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Boston University School of Education. Desiree also received a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.


Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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