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Posted Jan. 4, 2022

2022 Could Be the Year We Finally Meld Phonics with Language-Rich Communities

In this new year, elementary literacy will see two trends continue. One is improving foundational skills instruction, with phonics being the headliner. The other is…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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Posted July 1, 2021

We Owe It to Our Students to Do Some Racial Justice Homework This Summer

This has been the longest year of my teaching career. Not literally, of course. Like many of you, I’ve worked about 200 days since last…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted June 23, 2021

5 Ways We Can Start to Dismantle White Supremacy in Our Schools

All children deserve a good education, but too many of them do not receive one. Unsurprisingly, students who are most likely to attend under-resourced schools…

By Ashley Davis, Taylor DeLoach

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Posted June 17, 2021

We Celebrate Juneteenth Whether It’s a Federal Holiday or Not, Now Give Us Something Tangible

This making Juneteenth a federal holiday is some gaslighting shit if I’ve ever seen it. And I can feel some of y’all reading this and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 24, 2021

A Year Later, One Thing Is Clear: Being ‘Woke’ Isn’t Nearly Enough

It has been a year since the murder of George Floyd and the “American Spring” that followed it. Corporate America, sports leagues, marketing firms, and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 30, 2021

Politicizing Critical Race Theory Is Meant to Keep Public Education Oppressive, Biased and Basic

Make this make sense for me: Kids are too young to learn critical race theory and their role in dismantling systems of white supremacy in…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 23, 2021

Accountability for One Killer Cop Won’t Protect Our Kids From the Systemic Harm They Face Daily

Here’s where I am after all of the shit that went down this week … Black people aren’t safe and will never have peace under…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 5, 2021

Following the Chauvin Trial Is Traumatic. Don’t Turn Away.

When we bear witness, when we become the situation—homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death—the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Apr. 2, 2021

Y’all Know These Schools Got Derek Chauvins and Bystander Cops Too Right?

Can we get into this conversation about how school districts, teachers unions and police unions are triplets? Because they all have the exact same DNA…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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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