ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.

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Posted June 3, 2019

Do We Have to Call in the National Guard to Protect the Civil Rights of Students With Disabilities?

The question must be asked: What do we have to do to get school districts to follow the law and…

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Posted May 22, 2019

Democrats Won’t Dictate Where My Black Children Go to School

“What you not gone do…”—An African American proverb Last week, Democrats for Education Reform released polling data that show what…

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Posted Apr. 29, 2019

My Child With Autism Doesn’t Need or Want Your Pity

After attending an informational session for families about autism, Asperger’s and the difficulties of navigating being disabled and supporting your…

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Posted Apr. 2, 2019

I’m So Focused on What My Daughter With Autism Needs That I Sometimes Forget About Her Wants

When I realized my younger daughter was disabled, my belief in what was possible for her life changed. As her…

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Posted Mar. 28, 2019

With the Right Team of Adults Behind Her, My Autistic Child Is Killing It at School

Nationwide, health coverage for autism-related services is seriously lacking. In my home state of Illinois, advocates are pushing newly elected…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2019

Women’s History Month Is a Time for Young Girls to See Themselves

March is Women’s History Month. For those of us who are history buffs and/or have the job of teaching history,…

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Posted Mar. 5, 2019

Even as a Disability Advocate I Still Did Everything Wrong When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism

November 6, 2018, is the day my daughter was officially diagnosed with autism. That’s the day my world collapsed. For…

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Posted Mar. 1, 2019

Too Many Black Students Aren’t Learning Their History in Schools

When I was in school, I was starved for information about who I really am. I ached to hear stories…

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Posted Feb. 5, 2019

Forget the School-to-Prison Pipeline, For White Boys It’s the School-to-Politics Pipeline

Tonight, President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address. Like many other U.S. citizens, I see our…

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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

What ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Means for My Black Daughters and the Schools They Attend

As the Black mother of two Black girls, I am always acutely aware of how Black girls are harmed in…

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Posted June 11, 2019
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By the End of My Third Year, I Was in Therapy. We Must Start Taking Teachers’ Emotional Health Seriously.

We all know the female elementary school teacher stereotype, perhaps best portrayed by the iconic Jessica Day from New Girl: bubby, cheerful, exquisitely put-together, good,…

By Kristabel Stark

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Posted June 11, 2019
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How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted June 12, 2019

When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference

I am living proof of the OneGoal motto: “College graduation. Period.” I’m a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) of Carbondale where I studied…

By Jawon Mayberry

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