Katelyn Silva

Posted June 22, 2020

XQ+RI Schools Rise to the Challenge of Distance Learning and Hope to Inspire a State

Before the COVID-19 pandemic came into full view, the voice of Angélica Infante-Green, the Rhode Island Education Commissioner, bounced off the marble walls of the…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Aug. 28, 2019

Coffee Break: Why Ramon Griffin Left Law to Change School Discipline

As a youth in Ford Heights, Illinois, Ramon Griffin grew up asking hard questions. Why did his ZIP code have so many schools on the…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted July 30, 2019

How Do We Bring Magic Into the Classroom? Georgia’s New Teacher of the Year Shows the Way.

For 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year Tracey Nance Pendley, the road to teaching was not easy. Pendley’s mother was a drug addict who was…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 25, 2019

How Barron Gunnings Is Shifting the Narrative for Black Male Students

Barron Gunnings is a thoughtful, passionate young man currently entering his third year at the College of Wooster. He’s someone who “never felt the need…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Oct. 5, 2018

Their Mom Always Said They Would Go to the University of Chicago, and That’s Exactly What These Twin Sisters Did

Growing up, Olivia and Aliyah Singleton frequently heard their mother’s prediction: “You’re going to go to the University of Chicago.” “I would just shake my…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 14, 2018

Her School Didn’t Just Get Her Through College, It Got Her Through Tragedy

Three people, two tragedies and one college visit shaped April Austin’s post-secondary dream of becoming an occupational therapist. Growing up, April’s grandfather loomed large in…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Jared Joiner on Why Education Should Be the Leader in Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jared Joiner is the executive director of strategy and communications for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), where he ensures students have the tools…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 29, 2017

Ever Seen a Black Boy Superhero?

Dion Steele, principal of Urban Prep Academies’ Englewood campus, says he has “500 sons, and three daughters at home.” Urban Prep is the nation’s first…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

We Stand Up for Kids Even When You Don’t Want Us To

Women education bloggers from around the country shared their thoughts on what it means to be, raise and educate women in the age of Trump.…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, Katelyn Silva, Valentina Payne

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

The Presidential Election Ain’t the Only Thing We Have to Worry About, We Must #VoteLocal

Alright, Black people—let’s push past Ice Cube’s meeting with Trump and 50 Cent’s declaration supporting his reelection. Yes we love hot tea and messiness from…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 26, 2020

Rev. Sharpton: Education Problems Are a ‘Five-Alarm’ Fire

Now would be a good time to listen to Rev. Al Sharpton. You didn’t see that coming. Me, of all people, pointing to a left-of-center…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 23, 2020

Khaliah Fitchett on Going From Handcuffs to Running for Congress

One afternoon in March 2010, Khaliah Fitchette, a 16-year-old student at Newark’s University High School, was riding home on a NJ Transit bus with her…

By Laura Waters

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