Zachary Wright 

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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 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…

By Zachary Wright 

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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…

By Zachary Wright 

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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…

By Zachary Wright 

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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 Sep. 26, 2018

I Can’t Spare My Son His Struggles, But I Can Be There When He Triumphs

The other day, I had to drag my son kicking and screaming into kindergarten. His anxiety had taken over, his…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Sep. 7, 2018

Some Thoughts From a Teacher on What People Think About Teachers

Education Next’s recent poll offers a fascinating peek into what Americans think about a wide array of educational issues—teacher pay,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Aug. 23, 2018

First-Year Teaching Doesn’t Have to Be Terrible, Here Are Three Things That Can Help

My first year of teaching was exactly what I was told it would be: the single most difficult year of…

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Posted Jan. 11, 2019

I Took a Year Off Work to Learn About Dyslexia Because My Son’s Teachers Couldn’t Teach Him How to Read

Why, for so many, is access to an education that recognizes the science of reading limited to private programs? My son experienced this as a…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Jan. 17, 2019

I Don’t Want More White Apologies in 2019 Just More Schools for Us By Us

Outrage: White People, Keep Your Apologies in 2019 Dear White people, I don’t want your apologies in 2019. Future BBQ Beckys, Corner Store Carolines, you…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 17, 2019

This Mom Raised $20K to Help Wipe Out Student Lunch Debt in Her State

Kate Lacroix is a mom from Boulder, Colorado. She has spent the last few months living her motto, “The need to feel nourished is universal.”…

By Rob Samuelson

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