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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 9, 2020

Let’s Focus on Our Students’ Health and Humanity, Not on ‘Getting Back to Normal’

I almost forgot we were stuck at home. My daughter’s pre-K class was on a field trip to the zoo through a Zoom meeting and…

By Jessica N. Ewalt, Matthew J. Moulton, Jesús A. Tirado

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

I’m a Black Woman and I Don’t Want Your ‘Thank You’

It seemed like all of America voted in Alabama’s Senate election this week. Everyone had something to say about the decades-old Republican seat up for…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

White Women Are Going to Have to Do a Lot More Than Just Thank Black Women, We Need to Get to Work

The Black women of Alabama saved their state and the nation from would-be Sen. Roy Moore. They answered the call. Seems to me that we…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Banning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Because It Makes You Uncomfortable Isn’t How You Learn

Biloxi, Mississippi, made news when its public school district pulled Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its eighth-grade reading list earlier this month.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Mar. 23, 2016

Coffee Break: Alabama Teacher of the Year on the Importance of ‘Schooling’ Legislators and Challenging Students

National Public Radio recently featured Jennifer Brown’s 10th-grade science classroom for a lesson that was focused not on students, but on lawmakers. The Alabama Teacher of…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 8, 2015

We Need Educators Who Reflect the Communities They Serve

Last year, I attended a gathering of education leaders and advocates working to improve schools for low-income and minority students. The conversation was impassioned, and…

By Jaime Aquino

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Posted Mar. 19, 2015

Alabama Welcomes Charter Schools With Smart New Legislation

Charter schools are coming to Alabama! A charter school bill, which allows 10 new charter schools per year for the first five years (and has…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Dec. 14, 2014

This Governor Is Right on the Issue but Wrong on the Details of Common Core

Unlike Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who we recently red-penned for misrepresenting the Common Core, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley is a fan of the standards. But that doesn’t seem to spare him from a bit of confusion about the federal government’s role in supporting them. As the National Journal’s Fawn Johnson describes: When, exactly, did things start to go awry for the Common Core State Standards? Bob Riley, former Republican…

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music and teaching music seriously. He…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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