Black Families

Posted May 22, 2019

Democrats Won’t Dictate Where My Black Children Go to School

“What you not gone do…”—An African American proverb Last week, Democrats for Education Reform released polling data that show what Black parents of school-age children…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 29, 2019

His Mom Lied About Their Address So He Could Go to a Good School. Now He’s a Rhodes Scholar.

Hazim Hardeman is a Rhodes Scholar. In fact, he is Temple University’s first student to be bestowed this honor. The award’s namesake aside, this is…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 2, 2019

Every New Year Black Families Await the Promise of Better Schools

Almost every December 31, at 7:00 p.m., my family joins the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC) to honor our ancestors who awaited in breathtaking suspense…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

If You’re an Educator Who Thinks We Need to Hold Parents Accountable, You Need to Do Some Soul Searching

Time and time again, I’ve heard educators say that the lack of parental engagement in their schools is what is holding them back. But, when…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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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 Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 13, 2017

New York Times Makes AP Courses Sound Like a Waste for Low-Income Students of Color, Here’s What They Missed

The New York Times Magazine has its eye on education in America with its latest issue, but it has blinders on. Alina Tugend’s piece on…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

Remembering Anna Julia Cooper on Her Birthday

On this day in 1858, Anna Julia Cooper entered the world in North Carolina. Few people transform a country for the better, let alone when…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted June 19, 2017

The Genius in Every Black Family: Our ‘Hidden Figure’

I’m visiting my aunt and uncle in Los Angeles, and we decide to watch the movie “Hidden Figures,” about three little-known Black women whose mathematical…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Coffee Break: CEO of NOLA’s Urban League on Empowering Communities and Doing What’s Good for Kids

Erika McConduit is the second female to serve as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in its 75-year history. Under…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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