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 Apr. 2, 2019

New to Teaching? These 4 Tips Will Improve Your Classroom

I’m still less than a year into my new role as a teacher coach specializing in supporting first-year teachers, but…

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Posted Mar. 11, 2019

Yes, We Can Meet the Needs of Every Student in the Classroom Even When Their Needs Are So Different

Imagine teaching a classroom of 25 students. It’s an English class. You have to assign an essay based upon a…

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Posted Feb. 28, 2019

It Is No More Progressive to Take Dollars From Teachers Union Lobbyists Than It Is to Take Dollars From the NRA

This is for my fellow progressives and Democrats. Beware those who lambaste charter schools in the name of “public education.”…

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Posted Jan. 16, 2019

Here’s a Breakdown on Why I Told My Students I Was Racist

“Mr. Wright, are you racist?” “Absolutely,” I said. “I’m a White man in America. What else could I be?” So…

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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

My Student Asked Me If I Was Racist So I Told the Truth and Said Yes

“Mr. Wright, are you racist?” My West Philadelphia classroom, which had been filled with the sounds of shuffling papers, squeaking…

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Posted Jan. 3, 2019

Holding Teachers Accountable Without Adequate Teacher Prep Programs Is a Set-Up

One of my resolutions for this new year is to think outside of silos and to start connecting the dots…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

My Ancestor Was in the Confederate Army. That Matters When I’m in Front of Students.

In my current role as an assistant professor of practice at a graduate school of education, one of the things…

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

No Matter What Anyone Says, the Money Ought to Follow the Kid Regardless of What Kind of Public School They Choose

I am punching above my weight. I am no education policy wonk, nor am I a mover or shaker in…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

I’m Doing the Patriotic Thing and Telling My Sons to Never Act Like Their President

Of all the innumerable ways in which I am disgusted by our president, perhaps none is more infuriating and nauseating…

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Posted Oct. 9, 2018

The Lesson Schools Should Be Teaching About the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

Like just about everything, the Kavanaugh hearing was a teachable moment. But it seems to me that many of us…

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

It’s Time to Charge the Hill, Plant the Flag and Stand Up for Kids. Again.

Several years ago I went to Chicago to meet the founder of a newly formed education nonprofit that was still housed in a nondescript, temporary…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

20 Years After Columbine, I Still Have to Worry About My Students’ Safety

Before I left school yesterday, I looked at my classroom. Not to check and make sure the floor was clean, or to look for coats…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Apr. 12, 2019

How Educators Can Keep Their Kids Stress-Free and Learning

Trauma is a silent, but very prevalent problem in the classrooms of today. In fact, recent reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

By Jori Hamilton

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