Zachary Wright 

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Assistant Professor of Practice

Collingswood, New Jersey

Zachary Wright is an assistant professor of practice at Relay Graduate School of Education, serving Philadelphia and Camden, and a communications activist at Education Post. Prior, he was the twelfth-grade world literature and Advanced Placement literature teacher at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus, where he taught students for eight years—including the school’s first eight graduating classes.

Wright was a national finalist for the 2018 U.S. Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship, and he was named Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2013. During his more than 10 years in Philadelphia classrooms, Wright created a relationship between Philadelphia’s Mastery Schools and the University of Vermont that led to the granting of near-full-ride college scholarships for underrepresented students. And he participated in the fight for equitable education funding by testifying before Philadelphia’s Board of Education and in the Pennsylvania State Capitol rotunda.

Wright has been recruited by Facebook and Edutopia to speak on digital education. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, he organized demonstrations to close the digital divide. His writing has been published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Citizen, Chalkbeat, Education Leadership, and numerous education blogs. Wright lives in Collingswood, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons.

Read more about Wright’s work and pick up a copy of his new book, “Dismantling A Broken System; Actions to Close the Equity, Justice, and Opportunity Gaps in American Education“—now available for pre-order!

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 15, 2021

Almost Two Years Into the Pandemic and We Still Haven’t Gotten to the Heart of Our Broken School System

The kids are vaxxed and in school, so why do I still feel so hopeless? 600-some days ago, the world…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 18, 2021

I Thought Talking About Race in the Classroom Wasn’t Important. I Was Wrong.

Critical race theory is this moment’s scapegoat of fearful White America. So, for what it’s worth, here is my own…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 26, 2021

Cops Can Learn Something From Quality Teachers About Building Relationships and De-Escalating Violence

I’m not a cop, have never been a cop, don’t have a family member who’s a cop, and have no…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Is Only as Good as Its Execution

A year into a pandemic that has, despite the herculean efforts of many, seen a drastic reduction in student learning…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 16, 2021

White People, Celebrate Black History Month By Facing the Truth of White Supremacy

I came across an image on social media the other day and it made me stop and think. In it,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 29, 2020

Here’s What I Will Fight for in 2021

2020 was the pits.  More than 300,000 Americans died from COVID. A dearth of presidential leadership that led to the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 9, 2020

Here’s How You Prepare Teachers to Teach in a Pandemic

We continue to live in a Brave New World—of Zoom rooms and Google Meets, virtual check-ins, Seesaw, Flipgrid and Nearpod.…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 19, 2020

Here’s How Your Vote Impacts Your Kid’s School

We all know the top ballot item for November: who would be President of the United States. Most of us…

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By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

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During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

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