ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Chicago, Illinois

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 Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to…

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Posted Jan. 15, 2018

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during…

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

10 Ways to Give Your Child With Special Needs a Head Start

Since having a child diagnosed with special needs, I’ve learned so much about navigating the special-education process. First thing: the special education system…

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Posted Dec. 21, 2017

Your Neighborhood School May Not Make the Rankings But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Right for Your Kid

When moving into my neighborhood, my husband and I never considered our neighborhood school a viable option for our children.…

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

The Racial Achievement Gap Can’t Be Fixed With a #BlackLivesMatter Sign in Your Yard

“How can I be sexist? I have a mother, a wife and daughters!” If you’re a woman reading that sentence,…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low.…

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

We All Have Blind Spots About Race. Here Are More Racial Crossfit Exercises to Keep You Morally Fit.

I recently wrote about my White teacher who badmouthed civil rights in 1995. She willfully did not want to let…

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Posted Oct. 12, 2017

My Teacher Said ‘I Love My Mammy’ and My Principal Thought I Was the One With the Problem

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to defend free speech on campuses and criticized the idea of creating safe…

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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Here’s Everything You Need to Know When You’re Done Denying Your Kid Has Special Needs

Before I had my younger daughter, I had no idea about special education. I had never heard of an IEP…

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Posted Aug. 16, 2017

I’m No Black Revolutionary But After Charlottesville I Want to Be

This weekend, there was a terrible and very telling incident in Charlottesville, Virginia. While emotions are high and people are…

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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