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Posted June 18, 2019
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Having a Mock Slave Auction Isn’t Teaching Students About Slavery, It’s Just Racist

As an educator, I am sometimes left with more questions than answers. One question that I have is how come conducting a mock slave auction…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Feb. 15, 2019

Stop Whitewashing Black History Month

Calling teachers Klansmen is a strong statement. But, it’s not far off. With all of the teaching certifications and professional development, diversity and inclusion trainings,…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

What ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Means for My Black Daughters and the Schools They Attend

As the Black mother of two Black girls, I am always acutely aware of how Black girls are harmed in this society. However, there are…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 2, 2019

Every New Year Black Families Await the Promise of Better Schools

Almost every December 31, at 7:00 p.m., my family joins the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC) to honor our ancestors who awaited in breathtaking suspense…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

My Ancestor Was in the Confederate Army. That Matters When I’m in Front of Students.

In my current role as an assistant professor of practice at a graduate school of education, one of the things I try to impart to…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 11, 2018

Kanye Is Wrong About a Lot of Things But He Might Be Right About This

Outrage: The Constitution Doesn’t Care About Black People I think Kanye is suffering from that middle child syndrome where he feels like he’s not getting…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 3, 2018

Independence Has Always Been a Day Late and a Dollar Short for Black People, But Schools Can Change That

On June 19, 1865, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing (only) some of the enslaved, Union Major General Gordon Granger, rode into…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 10, 2018

Hope and Outrage: Put Kanye’s Stupidity to Good Use

OUTRAGE: Having Black Skin Will Get You the Win So if y’all haven’t heard, we’re witnessing the rebirth of “Hidden Figures” in a Black Girl…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 3, 2018

Hey Kanye, I’m an English Teacher But I’ve Got a History Lesson for You

Welcome to my class, Kanye. Before you arrived, I read this quote from you telling me that learning is important to you and that you…

By Monica Washington

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

Hey, Rick Hess, Know Your History on White Supremacy

Last week, Rick Hess lambasted not only the Harvard protesters who greeted Betsy DeVos with a banner reading “White Supremacist,” but all the progressive education…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 11, 2019
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By the End of My Third Year, I Was in Therapy. We Must Start Taking Teachers’ Emotional Health Seriously.

We all know the female elementary school teacher stereotype, perhaps best portrayed by the iconic Jessica Day from New Girl: bubby, cheerful, exquisitely put-together, good,…

By Kristabel Stark

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Posted June 11, 2019
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How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted June 12, 2019

When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference

I am living proof of the OneGoal motto: “College graduation. Period.” I’m a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) of Carbondale where I studied…

By Jawon Mayberry

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