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Posted June 30, 2020

To Teach Black Children Superbly Is a Revolutionary Act

Dear Freedom School Literacy Team 2020, Across the nation, we started the summer of 2020, lighting up the streets with rage. We rage for George…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

These Guys Aren’t Just Talking About It, They’re Recruiting and Keeping Male Educators of Color in the Classroom

Quick: Name all of the male educators of color you had growing up. Having trouble coming up with any? You’re not alone. Only 2 percent…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted June 7, 2017

I Was a Principal in Southwest Philly and That Didn’t Stop These Black Cops From Pulling Me Over

All year our eighth-grade students have been grappling with social justice issues and how to address them. They’ve closely analyzed past movements in America and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 4, 2017

Champion for Charters Sen. Anthony Williams Supports What Works for Kids. Period.

As an early-career teacher, there were people who made some real contributions to my classroom’s culture and instruction. Obviously, some were teacher coaches and mentors…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

9 Things Every Educator Should Know When Teaching Black Students

Most of my educational experiences as a child were in an all-Black spaces and all of my experiences as an educator have been in schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

We Don’t Need Any More Allies. We Need Accomplices in the Fight for Justice.

@MsPackyetti "Allies take up space; accomplices take up risk." #SummitX #UNDENIABLE — SFER (@SFERnational) March 5, 2017 This month, I had the absolute pleasure to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016

To Know the Black Community Is to Know How Thirsty We Are for Better Schools

I often wonder what it will take for Black children in our communities to attend high-performing schools. According to many anti-school choice opponents, the only…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

How Badly Do We Really Want Black, Brown and Poor Kids to Be Successful?

“I am not accountable for the violence, drugs, pregnancy…in my school.” I wasn’t surprised by this final retort. It was tweeted to me by a…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 15, 2016

How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Black Students When They Return to School

Eric Holder stated that in his version of “the talk,” which he hoped to not have to “[hand] down,” that “as a father who loves his son…

By Abigail Henry

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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