Zachary Wright 

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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.…

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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…

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Posted Nov. 8, 2019

School Choice Is Progressive

“Progressive” is a slippery word. The very term denotes improvement, progress, and thus is by nature a desirable term with…

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Posted Oct. 29, 2019

We Need to Learn About Trauma to Help Kids Who Need Us Most

Everywhere you look, our schools are filled with traumatized children; children struggling not just to learn and succeed, but to…

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Posted Oct. 21, 2019

‘Leveling’ Teachers Doesn’t Always Level the Playing Field for Kids

Imagine you’re a new teacher in a traditional public school district. You have spent the summer planning for and worrying…

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Posted Oct. 8, 2019

In the Age of Social Media, Our Kids Need All the Mental Health Support They Can Get

As a parent in his mid-thirties, I know that my childhood is totally unlike the childhood of my children. Sure,…

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Posted Oct. 3, 2019

We Can’t Just Teach About Heroes and Holidays and Call It Culturally Responsive

In a recent training on culturally responsive teaching, I was introduced to a theory called the “Stages of Multicultural Transformation.”…

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Posted Sep. 5, 2019

Classroom Teachers, I Bow Before You

Classroom teachers, I bow in deep, humble and honest reverence and respect before you. It’s been a year since I’ve…

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Posted Aug. 6, 2019

Toni Morrison Was the Brave and Honest Storyteller of Our Vexed History

As a high school English teacher, I had the privilege of teaching Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” a novel I’ve read and…

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Posted July 30, 2019

White People Need to Understand That Helping Is Not the Same as Controlling

A few weeks ago, I attended a conference called Educator Summit in Philadelphia. I’m not much of a conference attendee…

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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