Mastery Charter Schools

Posted June 14, 2019
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High School Graduate Tatiana Amaya on Raising Student Voice and Claiming a Seat at the Table

Often, you hear about leaders, far earlier than you meet them. Sitting in a café near the school where I lead as principal, Mastery-Shoemaker, I…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 17, 2019

When It Comes to Charter Schools, Bernie Sanders Needs to Learn From Black Families

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would use his power and platform to temporarily ban Black families from exercising the right to make choices about…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. After writing a whole post about how nice my room is, a post that included…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 27, 2018

A Union That Has to Earn Its Members and Their Money Is a Union I Can Support

It’s been quite a few days for the Supreme Court. First, they sided with anti-abortion right advocates in NIFLA v. Becerra. Then they upheld Trump’s…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

If You’re an Educator Who Thinks We Need to Hold Parents Accountable, You Need to Do Some Soul Searching

Time and time again, I’ve heard educators say that the lack of parental engagement in their schools is what is holding them back. But, when…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

My Students Who Fight for Social Change Hold a Special Place in My Heart

As teachers, there are few things more inspiring and gratifying than seeing the success of students who have left our classrooms and ventured off into…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

VIDEO: This Black Male Educator Teaches a Social Justice Class to Middle Schoolers in West Philly

Someone once asked me, “Why teach social justice to eighth-graders?” The answer is simple: As educators, we do not control the world our students face when they step outside of our classrooms. However, we are responsible for how prepared our students are to engage with that world.…

By Gerald Dessus

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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