Victoria Clayton

Guest Blogger

Education Contributor, TheAtlantic.com

Los Angeles, California

Victoria Clayton is a parent, writer and part-time college instructor in Southern California. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times magazine, Self, Redbook, Prevention and elsewhere. She’s the former Growing Up Healthy columnist for MSNBC.com and the coauthor of “Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom.” Victoria is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Posted July 3, 2018

These Stories of School Boards Behaving Badly Will Drive You Nuts

A veteran education reporter recently revealed to me the one area he can’t get insiders to talk about: school boards.…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Mar. 26, 2018

The Students I Met at ‘March For Our Lives’ Are the Change I Want to See

On Saturday, my friend and I made our way to March For Our Lives by taking the D.C. Metro to…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Mar. 23, 2018

I’m Going to #MarchForOurLives Because, Honestly, How Can I Not?

Protest has been a topic for a long time around my house. Like a lot of people, I participated in…

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Is So Much More Than ‘Nicey-Nice.’ It Can Be a Lifeline.

More than a million U.S. school children are now enrolled in districts that have rolled out or are in the…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017

Parents Do Some Crazy Things to Get Their Kids the Right School

I’ve been procrastinating about writing this post. Why? Because while I believe all people should speak their truths, I’m cautious…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Nov. 8, 2016

The Election May Be Over, But You Still Have to Talk to Your Kids About It

“No! Not the Donald Trump show again!” That’s what my 5-year-old screeched when my husband clicked on the television recently.…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted June 30, 2016

Turns Out Common Core Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Social Justice

If you selected 20 parent friends from across the country with diverse backgrounds, children of all ages and diverse educational…

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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…

By Laura Waters

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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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