Black Voices

Posted July 13, 2021

Whether in Public or Home School, Black Families Continue to Fight for Civil Rights

As a Black homeschooling mom, I am most irritated by the mere thought of my children being trapped in a failing school. But there are…

By Christina Laster

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Posted June 9, 2021

Here’s How Student Curiosity Can Advance Racial Justice…If Teachers Just Let It Happen

Curiosity is oftentimes the beginning of learning. When we’re curious, we begin to ask questions. Our questions prompt us to investigate, and our investigations lead…

By Rann Miller

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Posted May 7, 2021

Since Critical Race Theory Is Being Called ‘Indoctrination,’ Let’s Go There

I wanna have a heart to heart with my Black people real quick. Last week I found out Idaho passed a bill to ban the…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 4, 2021

Yes, America Is Racist. No, You Shouldn’t Teach My Kids if You Disagree.

Like several people in my private chats, I reacted to the deceptively simple question asked in a new piece by Fordham senior fellow Robert Pondiscio. …

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Apr. 21, 2021

Most White Teachers Are Not Ready to Teach Black and Brown Students

Effective teachers can change and save lives, but being a great teacher is hard. The challenge is especially acute in our high-poverty, under-resourced public schools where teacher tenure is…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 2, 2021

Y’all Know These Schools Got Derek Chauvins and Bystander Cops Too Right?

Can we get into this conversation about how school districts, teachers unions and police unions are triplets? Because they all have the exact same DNA…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Mar. 25, 2021

Black Students Are Not ‘Marginalized,’ They Are the Center of Our Work

So many headlines these days are about how Black students are “falling behind” during the pandemic. They’re “missing” and “lost.” But the truth is, Black…

By Jamila Dugan

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Posted Dec. 2, 2020

Here’s How I’m Helping KIPP Build a Network of 80,000 Alumni

To truly embody what it means to be a KIPP alum, I believe you must fight to amplify the voices in our communities. That’s why,…

By Cameron Franklin

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Posted Nov. 2, 2020

Students of Color Are Depending on You November 3. Don’t Throw Away Your Shot.

On the eve of America’s 244th birthday, the critically acclaimed play, “Hamilton,” debuted on Disney+, making the cultural touchstone available to millions in the midst…

By Massachusetts Charter Public School Leaders of Color

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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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