Nia Evans

Guest Blogger

Organizer and Policy Strategist

New York City, New York

Nia Evans is an organizer and policy strategist with a background in youth, gender and racial justice. As a campaign manager at the National Women’s Law Center, she managed national and state-based efforts to eradicate race and gender discrimination in K-12 schools.

Nia is the leading researcher and co-author of “Dress Coded: Black Girls, Bodies, and Bias in DC Schools,” which highlights the harmful effects of dress codes on girls’ education. Her research on Black girls and school discipline has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Vox and elsewhere, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential education platform.

Nia received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her master’s in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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