Kelisa Wing

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Author, Teacher

Alexandria, Virginia

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Posted Nov. 13, 2019

The Story I Wish ‘Harriet’ Told Our Students

I took my children to see “Harriet” this past weekend, and I was truly entertained. The story of Harriet Tubman…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Oct. 1, 2019

Effective School Discipline Starts With Your Classroom Culture

School discipline will always be a hotly debated topic. As an advocate, I have argued for more proactive, inclusionary practices…

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words…

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Posted July 16, 2019

Here’s Why President Trump’s Tweets About ‘The Squad’ Are Nothing New for Black Women in Education

On Sunday, the 45th president of the United States told four congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries…

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Posted Apr. 5, 2019

I Hope My Story of Sexual Harassment Can Lead to a Teachable Moment in Our Classrooms

I have been watching silently this week as women are stepping forward to discuss times they felt uncomfortable about their…

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Posted Mar. 29, 2019

I Don’t Want ‘Well-Behaved’ Students, I Want Students Who Will Challenge the Status Quo

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” I have pondered over this Laurel Ulrich quote for several years after hearing it, and…

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Posted Jan. 14, 2019

If You’re Still Wondering Why We Have to Teach Social Justice, Here’s Your Answer

If you’re not already aware, right before the new year a Black man was arrested at a Huntington Bank in…

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Posted Dec. 14, 2018

Excellence Is Not a ‘White Thing’

“Mom, the kids at school said I act White,” my daughter told me one afternoon a few weeks ago. I…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2018

If We Want to Retain and Recruit Teachers, We Have to Walk It Like We Talk It

I have attended a lot of educator conferences this year. A common theme I heard over and over again is…

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

This Teacher Just Made History by Becoming Connecticut’s First Black Woman Elected to Congress

From the moment I first heard Jahana Hayes speak, I knew that she was special. Riding back from a track…

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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