Devin Evans

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Chicago, Illinois

Devin Evans is a 10th grade English Language Arts teacher at Butler College Prep Charter High School on Chicago’s far South Side. He serves as co-10th grade team lead and master teacher for Butler’s humanities department. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Science Education and History and is pursuing a Masters in English Language Arts from Relay Graduate school of Education.

Devin is currently serving as a Teach Plus Illinois teaching policy fellow where he advocates for effective educational policy with key education stakeholders and policy makers ensuring teacher voice is at the table and helping to shape educational policy for Illinois students. Devin is also an active member of nationally based teacher policy nonprofit Educators 4 Excellence where he has worked on policy initiatives such as school discipline, school culture, and recruitment and retention of teachers of color. He has also written a blog for Educators 4 Excellence titled, “Patience, Consistency, and Love: A Thank You to Black Male Teachers,” which discusses the integral part Black male teachers have in the classroom.

Prior to teaching, Devin worked as a Program Associate for their Workforce Development Center at the historic Chicago Urban League. Devin is a mentor to numerous young men and women across Chicago and is a committed teacher and social justice advocate.

In August 2017, he came together with more than 40 other African-American parents, students and teachers to talk about the Black experience in America’s public schools. These conversations were released as a video series in Getting Real About Education: A Conversation With Black Parents, Teachers and Students.

RECENT POSTS

Posted July 12, 2019
Two Women Coteachers Talking

Got a Co-Teacher? Here’s How to Make That Relationship Thrive.

I liked my classroom space, and I liked it even more when I was the only instructor in the room.…

By Devin Evans

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

Black Literature Still Matters After February

I remember how it felt to read “Macbeth” for my high school English class. I yawned as my head went…

By Devin Evans

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Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Teachers, It Isn’t Enough Just to Be Black

“I can’t stand these disrespectful kids! I didn’t sign up for this!” Those were the words I emphatically said out…

By Devin Evans

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Posted Oct. 12, 2017

How Having Black Male Educators Inspired Me to Teach the Next Generation

Teaching is not just a profession, it’s a calling. At 10 years old, I used to steal chalk from school…

By Devin Evans

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I’ve been wanting to get this off my chest for a while and here it is—higher education is the new poverty pimp in Black communities…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

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