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Posted Aug. 14, 2019

We Can Teach Black History and LGBTQ History at the Same Time. In Fact, We Should.

My social media feeds were drenched with homophobia this week. People were saying how they really felt about my state, Illinois, joining other states mandating…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 6, 2019

Toni Morrison Was the Brave and Honest Storyteller of Our Vexed History

As a high school English teacher, I had the privilege of teaching Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” a novel I’ve read and taught time and again, and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 30, 2019

Cardi B Is Teaching Us the Black History We Didn’t Get in Schools

The media is all over Cardi B for making a video with democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. People who don’t know her are quick to…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted June 18, 2019
Young, Black boy sitting with a hand under his chin, looking sad.

Having a Mock Slave Auction Isn’t Teaching Students About Slavery, It’s Just Racist

As an educator, I am sometimes left with more questions than answers. One question that I have is how come conducting a mock slave auction…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Nov. 15, 2018

History Is Not a Spectator Sport and It’s My Job to Engage My Students

In March 2007 I was finishing my second month of student teaching at Charters Valley High School in suburban Pittsburgh. I had completed drafting a…

By Joseph Welch

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

This Black History Month Teach Your Students About African-Americans in the Military

To be a leader means you’re always prepared for the inevitable battle that is to come. Every Black History Month, we learn about the leaders…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters, I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 2, 2018

I Can’t Be Yet Another White Teacher Who Doesn’t Get Black History Month

It shamed me to see the way so many White people honored Dr. King on MLK Day last month. For many, including myself at one…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Kids Need to Learn About LGBT Heroes Like Edith Windsor

Look at this photo of Edie Windsor. When was she ever photographed looking anything other than confident and jubilant, arms extended and something bright, some…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Aug. 19, 2019

Here’s How Trump Is Making It Harder to Integrate Schools

This summer, integrated schools heated up as a campaign issue when Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden for his 1970s stance on mandated busing as…

By Miriam Rollin

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Posted Aug. 20, 2019

If We Care for Kids, We Can’t Shut Down Teachers Who Truly Want to Do Better by Them

This teacher said a thing and I thought all hell would break loose.  It happened last week when my 8 Black Hands crew recorded a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper The Crimson, wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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