Charter Leaders of Color

Posted Apr. 25, 2019

This Charter Leader Shares Hard-Earned Lessons About Working With Teachers Unions

I read the new CRPE report, “An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do” fresh off 10 months of…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Jan. 2, 2019

Every New Year Black Families Await the Promise of Better Schools

Almost every December 31, at 7:00 p.m., my family joins the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC) to honor our ancestors who awaited in breathtaking suspense…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 29, 2018

13 Years After Hurricane Katrina, My School Is Returning to Local Control

On July 1, the Recovery School District (RSD) will return control of our schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSD). The shift back is…

By Sharon Clark

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Posted May 9, 2018

Charter School Leader Vanesa Scott-Thompson on What It Means to Educate the Whole Girl

Vanesa Scott-Thompson has been in the education game for almost two decades, and her career took an impactful turn when she became the principal of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

We Have to Challenge What Innovation Really Looks Like, If We Want to Break the Cycles That Impact Our Students

When will we learn that traditional systems and customs may not be the answer to creating significant change within education for our Black and Brown…

By Ayanna Gore

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

My Chicago Neighborhood Is Still Scarred 50 Years After MLK’s Assassination, But My Students Give Me Hope

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, leading to an uprising in Chicago. The North Lawndale and East Garfield Park…

By Garland Thomas-McDavid

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

This School Is Changing the Lives of Young Women in Chicago

Before I began substituting at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS) of Chicago, I had only experienced charter schools from the outside looking in. I…

By Jhmira Alexander

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman Running a Charter School That’s Closing the Achievement Gap

Ramona Wilder comes from a long line of educators dating back to the 1800s when her great, great grandfather had old school church houses where…

By Nicole Sahbaee

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Posted Mar. 1, 2018

Coffee Break: This Charter Leader Says You Have to Love Students Enough to Hold High Expectations

In January, Constance Brewer was named president of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, which serves more than 12,000 students on 18 high school campuses…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 9, 2019
African American mother in park with her daughter.

Here’s What I Wish White Teachers Knew When Teaching My Black Children

Dear White Teachers of My Black Children: I am a Black mom and I have two children who are now in high school. Raising them…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school districts the primary authority saying…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 9, 2019

Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break

Summer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half…

By Melissa Bagneris

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