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Posted Oct. 22, 2019

Black Teachers Face Extra Scrutiny While White Teachers Often Get a Pass

When we hire White teachers, their quality is generally assumed rather than questioned. But when we look at Black educators, their quality is generally questioned.…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

My Black History Is Knowing My Mother Africa and Her Descendants Throughout the Diaspora

This post was inspired by a Nayyirah Waheed poem, “African American II,” from her book “Salt.” In the 1400s, Europeans first arrived to my Mother Africa’s house.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 26, 2018

People Thought She Had Lost Her Mind But She Knew Home Schooling Was Right for Her Babies

I used to be one of those parents, someone who thought home schooling was a fringe movement, driven by overprotective parents with cray-cray ideas who…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 8, 2018

A Conversation With Black Parents, Teachers and Students

VIDEO SERIES: We recently brought together a group of Black teachers, parents and high school students to talk about their experiences with public schools.…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Aug. 29, 2017

Up Until Ninth Grade, I Had Zero Male Teachers of Color. Here’s Why That Matters.

For 10 years—the first decade I was in school—all my teachers were White women. As a Mexican-American kid, I didn’t get the chance to have…

By Jose Romero

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Posted June 7, 2017

I Was a Black Male Born Into Poverty, So I Wrote This Book to Help Others Like Me

As a Black male born into poverty and raised by a single father who was a high school dropout, I used to believe that my…

By Roosevelt Mitchell III

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Posted May 1, 2017

I Will Stop at Nothing to Become an African-American Female Computer Scientist

This post is part of a series of posts celebrating students who are making it to and through college with the support of the KIPP…

By Jenari Mitchell

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

I Never Thought I’d Become a Teacher. Here’s How My Mom Changed My Mind.

Twenty years ago, North Carolina teacher Ann Davis won a prestigious national honor called the Milken Educator Award, the so-called “Oscar of Teaching” as described…

By Ann Davis

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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 major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

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…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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