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Posted May 3, 2019

Nina Wallace Dishes on What It’s Like to Attend Howard and the Lack of Representation of Women of Color in STEM

You aren’t always able to choose family, but even if I were able, I would have still chosen my cousins.…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 5, 2019

Even as a Student, Maye-gan Brown Has Something to Teach Us About Justice

There is no honor in the world like being a teacher. And in a school, every single person can play…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 14, 2019

Black Lives Matter in Schools This Month and Every Damn Month

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, I had the honor of speaking at the Black Lives Matter in Schools Week of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 29, 2019

His Mom Lied About Their Address So He Could Go to a Good School. Now He’s a Rhodes Scholar.

Hazim Hardeman is a Rhodes Scholar. In fact, he is Temple University’s first student to be bestowed this honor. The…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 11, 2019

If You Think Excellence Can’t Exist in All-Black Schools, You’re Tripping

As a child, youth, and adult, I have had the absolute pleasure of being surrounded by Mamas and Babas who…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 2, 2019

Every New Year Black Families Await the Promise of Better Schools

Almost every December 31, at 7:00 p.m., my family joins the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC) to honor our ancestors…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 3, 2018

Independence Has Always Been a Day Late and a Dollar Short for Black People, But Schools Can Change That

On June 19, 1865, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing (only) some of the enslaved, Union Major…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 26, 2018

Ninety-Six Percent of Pennsylvania’s Teachers Are White. That’s a Problem.

Imagine a doctor knowing vital, life-saving information about your health, but not sharing it with you. It would be not…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

If You’re an Educator Who Thinks We Need to Hold Parents Accountable, You Need to Do Some Soul Searching

Time and time again, I’ve heard educators say that the lack of parental engagement in their schools is what is…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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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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