Zachary Wright 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zachary Wright, a national finalist for the United States Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship is an assistant professor of practice at Relay Graduate School of Education serving Philadelphia and Camden. Prior to that, he was the 12th-grade world literature and AP literature teacher at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus for the last eight years, teaching the school’s first eight graduating classes.

Over his more than 10 years in Philadelphia classrooms, he was named Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2013 and has participated in the fight for equal education funding by testifying before Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission as well as in the state house rotunda in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Posted June 11, 2020

From West Philly to the Jersey Suburbs, We Can All Take Steps to Change the World

I remember my years at The University of Vermont (UVM) in the early 2000s as days of idealism—passionate people driven…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 28, 2020

Don’t Let Them Fool You: The FCC Has Done Nothing New to Connect Kids

They almost had me. After weeks and weeks of working and fighting for the FCC to guarantee the educational rights…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 31, 2020

Millions of Low-Income Students Are Being Denied Access to Internet

Access to public education is now a fundamental right. All 50 states mandate public education in their state constitutions. Once…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 13, 2020

If We’re Going to Be Home From Work, We Might as Well Make a Difference

Due to Covid-19, whether we want to or not, our work lives may have to be a whole lot closer…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 5, 2020

We Need to Stop Pitting Cash-Strapped Schools Against One Another

Imagine a dinner table laden with food and drink, covered end to end with the finest china, porcelain and crystal.…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

Here’s How We Can Attract, Prepare and Support Teachers to Improve Student Outcomes

Becoming a teacher isn’t sexy. For one, there is no economic incentive; for many people, completing teacher preparation programs means…

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2020

Think Education Is a Public Good? Think Again.

Education ought to be a public good. And it never has been. Most Americans want education to be a public…

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the panacea for educational inequity.…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 14, 2020

We Cannot Allow Reopening Schools to Be a Political Issue

After four years of being a largely forgotten policy area, PK-12 education suddenly became a national priority last week. Under ordinary circumstances, this should be…

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Posted July 13, 2020

White Progressives Have a Lot of Work to Do, and I’m Not Here to Help

When I ran for school board it was the former Minneapolis mayor who was the first elected official to endorse me. She asked me a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 13, 2020

5 Ways School Leaders Can Respond to the Challenges Ahead and Open Stronger

There is no doubt educators are exhausted from a trial-by-fire school year. As a virulent pathogen spread, we were forced to abandon brick and mortar…

By Jen Murtha, Lynette Guastaferro

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