Charles Cole III

Posted Sep. 18, 2017

We’re 42 Years Apart But Our Mission Is the Same: Change Education for the Black Community

We are two Black men separated by 42 years in age. But we are bound by our collective rage about what is happening to our…

By Howard Fuller, Charles Cole III

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Posted June 13, 2017

What I Learned From Listening to 100 Oakland Students

“If you could address any issue regarding education, school, and your community, what would it be?” That’s the question that got students talking the most.…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted May 18, 2017

Pushing a Student in Front of a School Board Meeting Isn’t Student Voice That’s Working for Adults

What does real student voice look like? Like, for real student voice. I’m not talking about forcing kids to come attend a board meeting, and…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Jan. 31, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

I know the impact a great education can have on students, their families, their community and the world.…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016

9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016

Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the country demanding better schools for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

I’m a Card-Carrying Member of the NAACP and I Want to Apologize to Black Parents

I owe you an apology. I watched you show up in Cincinnati, Ohio for the NAACP’s national board meeting, yearning to be heard by board members,…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Aug. 15, 2016

Black Families Should Demand Good Schools and Here’s How We Start

Recently, the NAACP called for a moratorium on charter schools, which would deal a blow to African-American families and their right to school choice. There…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted June 28, 2016

How Bothered Do We Need to Be to End Chicago’s Killing Season?

I’m an Oakland boy but the place that birthed me is in crisis and the world is numb to it. Chicago, one of the most…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted May 24, 2016

5 Questions Every Black Parent Needs to Ask Their Child’s Teacher and School

I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students who entered our program were…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Feb. 25, 2016

If You Think How We’re Educating Black Kids Has Nothing to Do With Gentrification, You’re Wrong

Let’s take a look at how we are educating black kids. This is a national issue, but I’ll focus on the place I live, Oakland.…

By Charles Cole III

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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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