Yolanda R. Whitted

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Teacher

Washington, D.C.

Yolanda R. Whitted is a middle school English language arts and reading teacher in Washington, D.C., as well as an advocate for urban gifted and talented youth in poverty.

Whitted was once herself an urban, unidentified gifted and talented student living on Chicago’s South Side. Now, she feels understanding her story, challenges and triumphs helps Whitted to be a great support for both students and teachers who live in urban areas.

In addition to her full-time teaching role, she currently conducts research, designs curriculum and creates best practices/professional development for teachers in urban classrooms. Whitted has designed and facilitated professional development for Dallas Independent School District, The College Board, Institución Educativa Nets in Bayamón, Puerto Rico as well as abroad at United Private Schools in Muscat, Oman.

Whitted is an active North Carolina Central University alumna, as well as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The National Council of Teachers of English, the National Educators Association, and Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.

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Posted Mar. 27, 2018

I Marched for All the Students That I’ve Lost to Gun Violence

I was only 11 years old the first time I witnessed a murder. I knew the man who was shot,…

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017

I Was Homeless and In and Out of School. Then I Got Into Ms. Russell’s Car.

I wasn’t supposed to be where I am today. People repeatedly told me, “You ain’t nothin’. You ain’t neva gon…

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

The Top 10 Websites to Help Teachers Fund Everything

Those who love teaching often find themselves in schools that either cannot or will not fund advanced technology, teaching supplies or…

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School

It’s 8:45 a.m. and a creative AP English teacher greets her students with handshakes and high fives. But they’re not…

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