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Posted July 20, 2018

Why Reopening Emmett Till’s Case Still Won’t Give Our Black Boys Justice

I could never forget first seeing Emmett Till’s body if I wanted to. I don’t think I was more than 10 years old. The photo…

By James E. Ford

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

How I Learned to Help My Students Talk About Hard Things

Up until a few years ago, I had struggled to find my voice as a teacher. I had internalized a set of classroom management principles…

By Jacob Carlson

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Posted Feb. 12, 2018

3 Truths Every Parent Needs to Know About D.C. Public Schools Graduation Scandal

D.C. Public Schools is having a moment. Last month, reporters found out a lot of kids graduated from their high schools that shouldn’t have—mostly for…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 16, 2016

How an Elite Education Reform Conference Felt More Like a #BlackLivesMatter Rally

Stay woke. I wore those two words on a small button at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in San Francisco this week. Initially, people chuckled…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 14, 2015

This Ed Reform Activist Is Tired of Fighting Haters, She’s Ready to Get Back to Work

Brittany Packnett, in addition to directing Teach For America in St. Louis, is a well-recognized leader of a growing movement for social justice and racial equity (you can follow her online at @MsPackyetti). So perhaps it's no surprise that she finds herself and her colleagues the target of maligning attacks and conspiracy theories. But she's setting the record straight this once and then she's done with the "easy" cop-out of bickering about…

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015

3 Millennials Have A Conversation About This American Life’s Desegregation Episodes

By now, I’m sure you’ve either a) listened to the much-talked about This American Life two-part series on school integration or b) you’ve listened and…

By Makkah Ali, Ikhlas Saleem, Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 10, 2015

To Ferguson, With Love

One of the first things my professor, Sister Mary Woods, taught me in Biology 101 was the first law of nature: self-preservation. Pain and fear,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 30, 2015

Creating Teachable Moments Around Racism

We refuse to acknowledge that racism and classism are woven throughout every institution within our country, even within policies that govern our public schools. I…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted July 9, 2019
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Here’s What I Wish White Teachers Knew When Teaching My Black Children

Dear White Teachers of My Black Children: I am a Black mom and I have two children who are now in high school. Raising them…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school districts the primary authority saying…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 9, 2019

Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break

Summer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half…

By Melissa Bagneris

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