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Posted June 23, 2020

Gianna Was Right, Her Daddy Changed the World

Four weeks ago, a Black man was lynched. In 2020. I remind myself of that fact each day so that I do not forget what…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 16, 2020

Let’s Make This Juneteenth Our Collective Independence Day

As I look at the world right now, I see a lot of belief statements and acknowledgment of past hurts—a reckoning to finally accept that…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 4, 2020

I Haven’t Been Doing a Great Job Talking About Racism With My White Children. It’s Time to Step It Up.

I’m going to admit something: I have not been doing a super job talking about racism with my four White stepkids. And part of the…

By Megan Allen

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Posted June 2, 2020

Our Children Need Us Not to Grow Weary in the Work of Anti-Racism

I am finding it difficult to get through most days without crying, without feeling like water is rising above my head, without feeling a great…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 29, 2020

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression

This week began with a hike in the woods for my family and me in the Shenandoah Valley State Park. Pre COVID-19, our outings consisted…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 13, 2020

I Can’t Imagine Not Being Able to ‘Dap Up’ My Students Next School Year

Handshakes are a deeply ingrained part of our society, and they play an important role in daily life. Handshakes, or one of their various cultural…

By Mark Gudgel

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Posted May 13, 2020

I’m a White Mom With a Black Daughter and I Worry About Her Safety Every Day

I’m a White mom raising a strong, smart and beautiful Black daughter. We look different. I think about this all the time—that she is the…

By Megan Allen

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Posted May 11, 2020

Don’t Just #RunWithMaud, #Teach4Maud

I laced up my sneakers after quietly rolling out of bed, hoping not to wake up my son, who often sneaks into my room at…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 5, 2020

Mrs. O’Brien Wasn’t Always My Favorite Teacher, But She Is Now

I have a long list of students who think I am a pretty good teacher. However, the list of teachers who thought I was a…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

On Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET, brightbeam’s Director of Activism, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar will moderate a virtual town hall called #ReimagingingSchoolSafety. Special guests include:…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right now, school and district leaders…

By Christina Laster

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