Kelly D. Holstine

Guest Blogger

Director of Educational Equity, OutFront Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kelly D. Holstine is the Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota (the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights group in the state) and is the 2019 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year. She is the first openly LGBTQ+ teacher and the second alternative educator in Minnesota to be given that honor. She helped to design and open Tokata Learning Center in 2012 and has twelve years of teaching experience.

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Posted Aug. 23, 2019

Why We Need LGBTQ+ Curricula

In 2018, GLSEN’s national school climate study indicated that 59.5% of LGBTQ students “felt unsafe at school because of their…

By Kelly D. Holstine

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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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