educators of color

Posted Apr. 5, 2019

Even as a Student, Maye-gan Brown Has Something to Teach Us About Justice

There is no honor in the world like being a teacher. And in a school, every single person can play a teaching role. In fact,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 25, 2019

Mashea Ashton Talks Newark, Cory Booker and the Challenges of Launching Her Own School

Mashea Ashton tells the truth, even when it’s hard. Almost three years ago, when she moved to Washington, D.C., to be closer to family, she…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 6, 2018

How We Build a Pipeline of Teachers That Know How to Talk About Race and Social Justice

Nearly 60 years ago, our nation’s students watched as leaders of the civil rights movement pushed back against entrenched Jim Crow laws and re-defined American…

By Joanna Williams

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Feb. 23, 2018

We Need More Teachers Like Black Panther’s T’Challa, Now!

Why does everything have to be about race? Simply put, REPRESENTATION MATTERS!…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Jan. 24, 2018

When We Listen to Parents, We Get Real School Choice

As a child, I often heard the words, “Listen to your parents.” It was usually uttered with a stern look and was often mandated from…

By Nina L. Gilbert

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

White Women Are Going to Have to Do a Lot More Than Just Thank Black Women, We Need to Get to Work

The Black women of Alabama saved their state and the nation from would-be Sen. Roy Moore. They answered the call. Seems to me that we…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Want to Close Achievement Gaps? Know Why They Exist in the First Place

There’s a sad reality in our education system today: Some students just don’t do as well as others. I realize I’m not breaking news here,…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 7, 2017

Here’s One Solution to Retaining Educators of Color That No One Is Talking About

Study after study confirms that all students benefit from teacher diversity. A diverse educator workforce prepares students to live and work in a multilingual, multiracial…

By Cassandra Herring

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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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