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Posted Apr. 30, 2019

How John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’ Changed the Way I Teach

I am not a movie person. I don’t go to the movies much and when I do, I often forget them rapidly. That’s not what…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 Feb. 14, 2018

If You’re Going to See Black Panther, Here Are Some Other Black Films You’ll Want to Check Out

Do you have your “Black Panther” tickets yet? Well, these kids do and they’re dancing in their cafeteria because they get to see it. The…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

I’ve Been a Principal for 15 Years, Here’s 12 Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

This marks my 15th year as a principal. I have learned directly from my coaches, mentors and colleagues. Many of the lessons I have learned…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Sep. 6, 2017

These Students Don’t Want ‘Saviors,’ They Want Effective Teachers

Until I had my first international experience, I didn’t have a race. Or at least, I didn’t know I did. It was when I returned…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

Hope Teague-Bowling Sets Me Straight on the Whole ‘White Women in Schools’ Thing

This is a follow-up to my post, Can We Talk About How Many White Women There Are in Schools? I wanted to dig a little further into…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

Alaska Might Have Just Figured Out How to Better Serve Students of Color Through Social-Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has a limited track record of culturally-responsive practice. In fact, some have criticized SEL for imposing dominant cultural values onto students of color—we agree…

By Robert Medina, Ila Deshmukh Towery

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Posted July 21, 2017

Have You Heard of ‘Racial Crossfit’? Try This Summer Workout

White people, with all the racial turmoil in our world, do you want “do something” about racism? Well, today is your lucky day! Debuting for…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted July 21, 2017

My Students Think That ‘Being an Author Isn’t Really for Black People’

Recently, I worked with a group of middle school students on an extended-day literary magazine publication. We discussed potential careers that the experience could prepare…

By Syeita Rhey-Fisher

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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 June 6, 2019
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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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