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 Aug. 13, 2020

Demand #InternetForAll for 15 Million Students Who Are #LoggedOut

On Wednesday, August 26, education activists and organizations around the country are staging a national day of action, demanding that…

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Posted July 22, 2020

Teachers, We Need to Get Our Knees Off Our Students’ Necks

Debate is raging across the country on how to return to school in the fall. The Trump administration, considering their…

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Posted July 16, 2020

A Student Who Is Ineffectively Taught by an Anti-Racist Teacher Is Not Receiving Justice

Last Sunday educators, students, and families marched in Philadelphia demanding a long overdue anti-racist action in the city’s schools, insisting…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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 Sep. 18, 2020

Black Excellence Does Exist and It Lives in Our Kids

I’m guilty of saying Black boys and girls are failing in school—a good chunk of us are. Going forward, I’m committing to correcting that language…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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