James E. Ford

Guest Blogger

Teacher, 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Charlotte, North Carolina

James E. Ford is the 2015 North Carolina State Teacher of the Year and a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. He currently is the Principal Consultant at Filling the Gap Educational Consultants and is a first year doctoral student at UNC-Charlotte.

Ford earned a bachelor of science in mass communication from Illinois State University in 2003 and a master’s degree in teaching from Rockford University in 2009.

Before deciding to become a teacher, Ford’s early career cemented his connection to children and youth. He worked as a truancy intervention specialist in high schools and director of a teen center that provided educational and after-school activities for youth at risk of dropping out of school. Ford was recognized as Charlotte Magazine’s Charlottean of the Year, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Teacher of the Year.

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Posted July 20, 2018

Why Reopening Emmett Till’s Case Still Won’t Give Our Black Boys Justice

I could never forget first seeing Emmett Till’s body if I wanted to. I don’t think I was more than…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Feb. 23, 2018

We Need More Teachers Like Black Panther’s T’Challa, Now!

Why does everything have to be about race? Simply put, REPRESENTATION MATTERS!…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

We Need to Start Telling the Truth About White Supremacy in Our Schools

“If we would start telling the truth in schools, we would not have racism. We could cure racism in this…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Dec. 5, 2016

It’s Time for Teachers to Take Some of the Blame for Trump

It’s been nearly a month since the election and I’m still not over it. I’ve probably gone through the full…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016

I Want to Talk About What Betsy DeVos Isn’t Going to Do for Black Students

The school choice debate has perhaps never been more central to the national conversation than right now. With the NAACP’s…

By James E. Ford

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Posted June 1, 2016

Education Must Be Part of the Movement for Black Lives and Social Justice

Over the past few years the nation has become familiar with the phrase Black Lives Matter. This is a declarative…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Apr. 20, 2016

In Charlotte, Children Still Wear the Garment of Disadvantage

The bustling Southern city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is once again grappling with segregated schools, a problem we had all…

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Posted Feb. 16, 2016

Stop Using Parents as an Excuse Not to Teach Our Children

My skin starts to crawl whenever I hear the issue of parental involvement raised in discussions about education equity. Not…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

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