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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

Amanda Gorman Is Climbing That Hill. Now if Only The Rest of Us Would Join Her.

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 25, 2019

Teen Poet Hannah Parker Built Her School’s First Black Student Union

The AC was on but the gym was still hot during KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (KALC) High School’s Senior Signing Day. Once the final member…

By Nick Babbin

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Posted July 18, 2018

How Hip-Hop Helped Me Get Into the Ivy League

Although I grew up with a lot of familial and school support—and too often that is soul-crushingly rare—another, much more plentiful resource also played a…

By Victor A. Kwansa

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Posted Dec. 11, 2017

How Three Black Male Educators Took a Seventh-Grader From ‘Discipline Problem’ to Poetry Champ

Chris is a young man who struggles mightily with his academic work and has a reputation among teachers and students as a “discipline problem.” Needless…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 15, 2015

He Returns Home as a Poet and an Inspiration for Students

Jamilah King, senior staff writer at Mic, shares the compelling story of Kondwani Fidel, a young black man from Baltimore who has returned to his high school alma mater as a long term substitute and armed with an English degree and a passion for poetry. He describes his first day when a quick poem turned a class of rowdy teens into a an applauding crowd performance and message with which they could personally…

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

If You’ve Been Silent About Child Justice, We Need You Now More Than Ever

We have a problem. The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a storm of challenges in policy and practice for public education; it also…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

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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