Brittany Packnett

Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

We Don’t Need Any More Allies. We Need Accomplices in the Fight for Justice.

@MsPackyetti "Allies take up space; accomplices take up risk." #SummitX #UNDENIABLE — SFER (@SFERnational) March 5, 2017 This month, I had the absolute pleasure to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 16, 2016

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 14, 2015

This Ed Reform Activist Is Tired of Fighting Haters, She’s Ready to Get Back to Work

Brittany Packnett, in addition to directing Teach For America in St. Louis, is a well-recognized leader of a growing movement for social justice and racial equity (you can follow her online at @MsPackyetti). So perhaps it's no surprise that she finds herself and her colleagues the target of maligning attacks and conspiracy theories. But she's setting the record straight this once and then she's done with the "easy" cop-out of bickering about…

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Posted July 20, 2015

Say Bruh, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Cheer Black Teachers

If you believe black lives matter, then you will defend effective black teachers in whatever organization they work. Teach For America announced at its annual…

By Andre Perry

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Posted June 10, 2015

Black People Are Feared. Black Teachers Are Threats.

I for one will have your backs. Black members of Teach For America (TFA) know the real reasons conservatives and progressives alike attack them. Black…

By Andre Perry

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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