Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

Posted Sep. 2, 2021

When We Talk Masks and Vaccines, Let’s Stop Talking Politics and Focus on Health and Safety

Some folx want to make getting vaccinated and wearing masks into a political issue  —  we’re seeing that all over — but it really isn’t…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Aug. 25, 2021

Like James Baldwin Said, ‘A Teacher Who Is Not Free to Teach Is Not a Teacher’

The great James Baldwin once stated, “A teacher who is not free to teach, is not a teacher.”  As many of you already know, there…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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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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Posted July 21, 2021

Counterstorytelling Is at the Heart of Anti-Racist Teaching

Counterstorytellling is so much more than just a tenant of critical race theory. It is at the heart of what we do as antiracist teachers.…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 14, 2021

How Criminalization Impacts the Mental Health of Black Girls

From Ruby Bridges to Sha’Carri Richardson, the criminalization of Black girls and the policing of Black Women’s Excellence has historically been woven into the fabric of America’s dominant…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 12, 2021

You Don’t Have to Be a Critical Race Scholar to Apply a Critical Race Lens to Your Practice

In education, we have a tendency to overcomplicate things by getting caught up with sophisticated academic jargon for things that, I believe, are common sense. …

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 9, 2021

Here’s How ‘Nice Racism’ Shows Up in Our Schools

The other day, I stumbled upon an online MSNBC interview with Dr. Robin DiAngelo about the release of her new book, “Nice Racism: How Progressive…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 7, 2021

Parents, You Think You Know Critical Race Theory But You Have No Idea

To the white parents complaining about critical race theory, can we please stop with the reverse racism bullshit and dead the false narrative that the theory is currently being taught…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 2, 2021

America Won’t Live Up to the Promise of “Liberty and Justice for All” Until It Includes All Students

Usually, I start my mornings by watching reruns of my favorite 90s sitcoms like Living Single and Martin, but on this day, my eyes were…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 28, 2021

6 Questions Every Black Teacher Should Ask When Joining a New School

For many teachers, the end of the school year not only serves as an opportunity to deeply reflect on how the year went, but also…

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music and teaching music seriously. He…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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