Cultural Competence

Posted June 18, 2019
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Having a Mock Slave Auction Isn’t Teaching Students About Slavery, It’s Just Racist

As an educator, I am sometimes left with more questions than answers. One question that I have is how come conducting a mock slave auction…

By Rann Miller

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Posted May 7, 2019

Why We’re Struggling to Keep Teachers in Our Most Vulnerable Schools

A recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed truths that, while saddening, troubling and infuriating, were not exactly surprising. High teacher turnover hurts kids and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 8, 2019

Stop Giving White Kids a Slap on the Wrist for Being Racist

Ladies and gentlemen, the kids are not alright. In fact, they’re baby racists perpetuating hateful ideologies and getting away with it. Over the past few…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

My Barbershop Taught Me Social Emotional Learning and Now I’m Sharing That With My Students

I remember growing up and my father would give me a haircut in our basement. Other times, he would take me to the barbershop. Now…

By Daryl Howard

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Posted Feb. 7, 2019

My Barbershop Taught Me Social Emotional Learning and Now I’m Sharing That With My Students

I remember growing up and my father would give me a haircut in our basement. Other times, he would take me to the barbershop. Now…

By Daryl Howard

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

America Has Always Used Schools as a Weapon Against Native Americans

When Michelle Obama and her husband visited students of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota in the summer of 2014, she met students…

By Katrina Boone

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

My Ancestor Was in the Confederate Army. That Matters When I’m in Front of Students.

In my current role as an assistant professor of practice at a graduate school of education, one of the things I try to impart to…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Families of Color Have a Lot to Worry About, Teachers Doing Stupid, Racist Things Shouldn’t Be One of Them

If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself looking at your social media timeline recently and muttering “what in the world is happening?” In late…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Nov. 12, 2018

How My School Blocked Me From Teaching ‘The Hate U Give’

While “The Hate U Give” is a best-selling book and top-rated film, I’m getting some real pushback from my administration about having my students read the…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

It Wasn’t Enough to Just Be Latina, My Students Needed Me to Be Culturally Competent

I am a Latina educator and I have spent most of my career working with Black and Brown students. Initially, I believed that it was…

By Nikki Jarquin

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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