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Posted Apr. 5, 2021

Following the Chauvin Trial Is Traumatic. Don’t Turn Away.

When we bear witness, when we become the situation—homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death—the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about 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 Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

Over the last few days, I’ve been tackling implicit bias with my eighth-graders. I mean, if Starbucks can shut down for a day to learn…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

I’m Over Staying Silent About the Inequities in Our Schools That Impact Poor and Students of Color

In many ways, the election seems like a lifetime ago. I recall that the weather on the weekend before election day was gorgeous. I was…

By Clare Dickey

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016

Your White Teacher Is Woke

I’ve been an educator for 26 years. Over 95 percent of the children I’ve taught have been children of color. I’ve worked very hard to…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Aug. 2, 2016

Did My Black Life Matter?

I woke up, dead. It was tough to make out that it was me, but it was. My body was twisted and mangled. There was…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted July 13, 2016

When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot and Dying on TV

When I was 5 years old, my family gathered around our black-and-white TV in the living room and watched a cowboy movie. One guy shot…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 12, 2016

School Reformers Cannot Ignore the Life and Death Issues Black People in America Face

In recent months, notable people within school reform circles have locked horns over a trifling question: Does the inclusion of social justice activists, people derided…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 12, 2016

If We Want to Address This Country’s Race Problem We Need to Start in the Classroom

I would love to say my heart is heavy as I try to process the senseless executions of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and…

By Adell Cothorne

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Posted July 7, 2016

I Do Not Need My Freedom When I’m Dead

I wish I was a poet; Langston or Sonia Sanchez would know just what to say. They would be eloquent in their simplicity. Poignant. Powerful.…

By Carmita Vaughan

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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