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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 June 12, 2020

White Parents Should Be Ready for Anti-Racism to Get Personal

In a moment of global and national crisis, even the most skeptical observers have been moved by the scale, sweep and duration of protests in…

By J. Gordon Wright

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Posted June 10, 2020

Educators, Don’t Be Loud in the Streets, But Silent in the Schools

Amid the horror and sadness of the murder of unarmed Black people at the hands of police officers, we are seeing the coming together of…

By David McGuire

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Posted June 8, 2020

Our Students Have Strong Emotions Right Now, And That’s Not a Disability

When a local newspaper featured a picture of one of our students at a peaceful protest against police brutality, the staff at the small special…

By Kristabel Stark

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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 Apr. 23, 2018

I’m Sick of Being a Token, It’s Time for Some Real Student Voice

With the surge of student activism after the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting, such as student walkouts, students have entered a critical moment: Are decision-makers finally…

By David Goncharuk

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Posted Mar. 23, 2018

I’m Going to #MarchForOurLives Because, Honestly, How Can I Not?

Protest has been a topic for a long time around my house. Like a lot of people, I participated in the Women’s March in January…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

These Teachers of the Year Stand for Those Who Choose to Kneel

This submission comes from 2017 Teachers of the Year who were inspired to write about their decision to stand for the national anthem during their…

By Thirty-One 2017 State Teachers of the Year

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Posted Sep. 21, 2016

WATCH: Here’s Why We Should Really Listen to Student Voices

  “If we really listened to student voices, we’d be shocked by what we heard.”   What’s the goal of our school system? To educate…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

New York’s Teachers Union Needs to Rethink How It ‘Supports’ Teachers

The beginning of the school year is a busy time for everyone and teachers feel it most acutely. Amidst all the surrounding excitement and anticipation,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Chicago Isn’t the Only City Putting Politics Over Kids

The politics of education are broken and we are seeing the effects of it play out in real-time.  In Chicago, a stalemate over remote learning…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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