Tre Johnson

Guest Blogger

Education Writer

Oakland, California

Tre Johnson is a freelance writer on race, culture and politics. He’s also an educator, advocate and part-time superhero. If you’ve been working in education or activism and would like to share your story, contact him at trejohns@gmail.com.

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Posted Feb. 23, 2018

Here’s What It’s Like to Have a Teacher Think You Can’t Write Because You’re a Black Boy From Trenton

“Can you see me after school about this?” was scrawled across the last page of my essay in that trademark…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Sep. 13, 2017

Schools May Be a Battleground in Philadelphia, But These Parents and Activists Aren’t Scared of the Fight

When the transformation of 13th Street was proposed by a New York developer named Tony Goldman, many balked at his…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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