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Posted Dec. 20, 2017

This Book Made Me Realize All the Ways We’ve Wronged Refugee Students

While American democratic life is certainly standing at the brink of something awful, it can be difficult to hang just the right word on our…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted May 16, 2017

I Tell My Students They Are Safe From Immigration Raids in School. I Hope I’m Right.

Recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arrests in schools have rattled communities, prompting local leaders to speak out. Just last week in New York City,…

By Naomi Zuckerman

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Was Born in a Refugee Camp in Kenya and Now I’ll Be the First in My Family to Attend College

In 1992, my family escaped the civil war in Somalia and we were randomly selected to live in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. I was born in that camp in 1998.…

By Hawo Ibrahim

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend Denver’s South High School—a “welcoming…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 27, 2017

We’ve Got to Stop Lumping All Asian-Americans Together

I was usually one of a handful of people of color at my school and invisible inside my own identity. I was seen as the…

By Vallay Varro

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Posted Nov. 19, 2015

Why a Political Refugee Has Dedicated Her Life to the Ideal of Educating ALL of America’s Children Well

Vallay Varro, president of 50CAN,  has penned a powerful and very personal piece about how thirty eight years ago, she and her family immigrated to The United States as political refugees.  It's impossible to read her story and not reflect on what is happening in our world today. Her takeaway: you can't speak of the American Dream without also focusing on education. I am living proof that a mountain girl born on the dirt floor of a tent…

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Posted Nov. 19, 2015

What Fleeing a War Zone Taught Me About the Power of Education

Thirty-eight years ago, amidst war and chaos, my family immigrated to the United States as political refugees. My parents, like generations before them, believed that…

By Vallay Varro

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 20, 2020

More Than Anything, I #LoveTeaching for the Relationships We Build Along the Way

When I divulge to strangers that I am a high school English teacher, I am typically met with skepticism. “You teach teenage brats all day?…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2020

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last Thursday the high was two…

By Simone Hardeman-Jones

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