Lawanda Crayton

Guest Blogger

Parent

Chicago, Illinois

Lawanda Crayton recently did a StoryCorps interview with Arne Duncan, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education, who she first met as a mentor in the “I Have a Dream” program in her elementary school 25 years ago.

She lives on the South Side of Chicago and is the mom of two teenage daughters. Crayton works as a database manager for the City of Chicago and formerly worked for Chicago Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s from Robert Morris University and her master’s from Capella University.

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

They Said I Was Too Broken to Be Saved

Growing up in an abusive, violent home. Struggling to survive with little money in a violent neighborhood. Angry and absent…

By Lawanda Crayton

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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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 app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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