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 Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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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

Shareefah Mason of TeachPlus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center For Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black teachers…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

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

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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