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Posted Nov. 3, 2017

Finally, Ed Tech Is Partnering with Teachers to Improve the Impact of Personalized Learning

I’ll just say it: As a teacher, I hated the “ed tech” conversation. Sure, I used basic technology in my classroom—maybe some iPads, or websites…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about it. They were curious because…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

Here’s Where It Landed When Ed Reformers Talked About Race Behind Closed Doors

“But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   We weren’t exactly singing “kumbaya”…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017

I’m Frustrated by the Way Education Reformers Talk About Race and Social Justice

On January 25, I had the honor of sitting on one of two panels on “Race, Social Justice and Education Reform,” co-hosted by the American…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 11, 2016

Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: Education Reform Turns 25

I’m a Generation X-er, but don’t you dare call me old. I’m fairly new to the fourth decade, but I am often mistaken as an…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 15, 2016

Coffee Break: Carmita Vaughan on Comics, the Cool Kids in Education Reform, and Not Being Fake

Carmita Vaughan is the founder and president of the Surge Institute, which selects and trains people of color to become leaders in education reform. In…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted May 27, 2016

Audacity of Nope: You Want People of Color Until You Don’t

I’d never say conservatives, especially those in education reform, have been cowed into silence. Conservatives tend to run the game, be quick to assume power…

By Alma V. Marquez

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Posted May 26, 2016

An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want to thank you for the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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 Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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