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Posted Jan. 3, 2022

10 States to Watch for Educational Gag Orders in 2022

Last year, the obscure legal term “critical race theory” exploded into public consciousness, just months after conservative activist Christopher Rufo and Donald Trump began using…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2022

Let 2022 Be the Year We Go All In on Anti-Racist Education

As a new year begins, racism and hate are very much prevalent within our school communities and our society as a whole. Yet, we still…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Dec. 14, 2021

I Am a Black Teacher and I Wear Ralph Lauren. Does That Make Me a Gang Member?

As a teacher, I am always professional with my students. When it comes to how I dress, however, my professional self and my casual self…

By Iesha Green

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Posted Nov. 3, 2021

I’m Afraid of How Many Black Students Have Been Convinced They Are Stupid by Educators Who Lack Equity Training

On the last day of third grade, all my classmates and I huddled onto a carpet much too small for children of our size, waiting…

By Balqies Mohamed

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 8, 2021

White Women Like Me Dominate the Teaching Profession. Here’s Why That’s a Problem

I can name the Black educators I had growing up on one hand.  One. Hand.  And if I add the ones I had in college…

By Megan Allen

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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