Vanessa Medor

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Teacher

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Vanessa Medor is a 2019-2020 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Vanessa taught sixth grade math at Match Middle School in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts for three years. She began her service there as a member of the homegrown program at Teach for America Massachusetts. She now teaches seventh grade math at the Benning Middle Campus of D.C. Prep in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Boston College and her master’s of education from Boston University in curriculum and teaching.

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Posted Sep. 29, 2020

Kids Need Remote Learning to Be Culturally Relevant, Too

Last spring, amidst the uprisings following the immediate failure to bring any sort of justice for George Floyd’s murder, I…

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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