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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 6, 2021

While Others Fight the Education Wars of Yesteryear, We’re Ready to Start #SeekingCommonGround

While all the drama around the pandemic and its fallout sucks the life out of schools and communities, far too many heavy-hitters in the education…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 24, 2021

Here’s Why Black People Being Whipped at the Border Is Like the Public Education System

Look at this picture of a white man on a horse appearing to whip a Black man.  And no, this isn’t from the year 1712.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 23, 2021

How Open Educational Resources Can Boost Equity in the Wake of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the profound inequities in education, especially for Black and brown students. The upheaval of the past year presents…

By Tanji Reed Marshall, Angela Haydel DeBarger

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Posted Sep. 17, 2021

My Toxic but Open Relationship With Education Activism

Transparent moment. There have been at least 50 separate occasions throughout my adult life where I’ve contemplated leaving this rollercoaster of a relationship I have…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 16, 2021

It’s Time to Dump Deficit-Based Data

As the school year begins, we hear lots of deficit-laden words like “Title I,” “tough,” “low-income,” and “low-achieving” to describe primarily Black and brown students…

By Doron Zinger

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Posted Sep. 8, 2021

Will All the Black Teachers Please Stand Up?

Education remains one of the Black community’s most enduring values. It is sustained by the belief that freedom and education go hand in hand, that…

By David McGuire

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Posted Sep. 8, 2021

White Women Like Me Dominate the Teaching Profession. Here’s Why That’s a Problem

I can name the Black educators I had growing up on one hand.  One. Hand.  And if I add the ones I had in college…

By Megan Allen

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Posted Aug. 11, 2021

Urban White Families Show New Energy for Racial Justice, but Do They Want It in Their Schools?

The day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison for killing George Floyd, writer Melinda D. Anderson…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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