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Posted May 10, 2021

The Pandemic Shouldn’t Stop Us From Getting Our Kids to College

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors in the Class of 2021 have faced many challenges: remote learning, balancing school work and jobs to…

By Ashley LaCavalla

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Posted June 15, 2020

Here’s How COVID-19 Is Hurting Aspiring Teachers of Color and Three Ways We Can Fix It

A growing body of evidence demonstrates the valuable role that teachers of color play in our schools, but COVID-19 could shrink their ranks—and may have…

By Indira Dammu

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Posted May 28, 2020

First-Gen Students, The World Needs Us Now More Than Ever

Dear High School and Undergraduate Seniors,  I am no expert. This my story, and I hope it is one many of you can relate to…

By Deontrey Fuller

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Posted May 14, 2019

I Didn’t Think I’d Ever Be Able to Afford College, But Now I Have a Full Ride to Brown

Growing up in Houston, I knew I was capable enough for college. I earned straight A’s in high school and possessed an insatiable drive to…

By Marie-Anne Barrón

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Posted Mar. 18, 2019

As Long as There’s White Privilege, We’re Going to Need Affirmative Action

Affirmative action: For years, some people have balked at it, while others have been actively trying to dismantle it. But we need to embrace it,…

By Letisha Marrero

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Posted Mar. 14, 2019

Some Students Can’t Afford to Leave Money Behind When Applying to College

When you grow up as I did with meager means—with a household income of less than $50,000 for a family of five—you pinch pennies, frequent…

By Kim Lopez

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Posted Dec. 4, 2018

How Free College Programs Can Increase Equity in Our Schools

As someone who has studied free-college Promise programs for over a decade, I read with interest the recent Education Trust report on equity in free-college…

By Michelle Miller-Adams

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Posted Nov. 29, 2018

I’m a DACA Recipient and a First-Generation College Graduate and I’m Nervous About What’s Next

It’s a day I’ll never forget: September 5, 2017, the first day of my senior year at NYU. It was the day the Trump administration…

By Mayra Gonzalez Menjivar

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Posted May 2, 2018

I Love College Signing Day But I Hate Seeing My Students Hit With Tuitions They Can’t Afford

Today is College Signing Day, the day when high school seniors all across America commit to their choice college or university. Here in Philadelphia, none…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

As a First-Generation College Student I Need a Lot More Than Financial Aid

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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