Black Voices

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 Aug. 28, 2020

Black People, We’re Tired. But Letting Up on Education Is Letting Up on Our Kids.

For the past few weeks I’ve been going in on everything and everybody I feel has a hand in blocking the progression of and crusade…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 13, 2020

Let’s Get This Bag From the Government to Build Our Freedom Schools

Black people, it’s time to claim our bag and finally build an educational system that works for us! Back in March I wrote about how…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 22, 2020

When You Say ‘We’re All in This Together,’ Black People Know You’re Lying

He has traveled the world advocating for Black people. From the communities inhabited by poor  Black people in Durham, North Carolina to the bush of…

By Shannon Williams, Howard Fuller

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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