student activism

Posted July 31, 2020

This Is a Perfect Time to Talk With Our Students About Social Injustice

The COVID-19 pandemic offers teachers a unique opportunity to capitalize on student empathy. Before the pandemic hit, millions of U.S. students were already in our…

By Rachael Mahmood

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Posted Jan. 21, 2020

Our Students Have Incredible Power. Let’s Teach Them to Use It Well.

Juan moved to California from Central America last year. When he first began school, he couldn’t recite numbers in English and could only count to…

By Jennifer Click

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Posted Dec. 9, 2019

Want More Student Activism? Be Ready to Listen.

The weeks preceding the holidays are busy for any school principal. There are evaluations to be completed and parent events that require attention. Yet, in…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted Dec. 2, 2019

These Students Let Their Textbook Publisher Know Nobody ‘Needed’ Slavery

Fourth-grade teacher, Laura Wooley, was preparing her students for an upcoming social studies test using a McGraw-Hill textbook. During the course of the review, her…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 26, 2019

These Are the Students Who Inspired Us This Decade

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: With the end of the year fast approaching—and with it the closing of a decade—it is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the stories we’ve had the privilege of sharing and amplifying over the years.…

By Joshua I. Stewart

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Posted Nov. 25, 2019

Here’s How to Help Your Students Find the Voices Missing From the Traditional Thanksgiving Story

In the elementary classroom, teachers often shy away from teaching a more critical viewpoint of “traditional history” for fear of how this shift will be…

By Erica Snowden

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Posted Nov. 15, 2019

DACA Isn’t Just a Debate to Me

Growing up undocumented with immigrant parents, I was made aware of my status and the limitations it imposed on me. I learned to always be…

By Citlali Perez

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Posted Aug. 14, 2019

Student Journalism Changed My Life

Every student deserves the chance to tell their story. Three years ago, to me, the daily proceedings at the vast majority of schools across my…

By Jenna Yuan

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Posted July 18, 2019

This 11-Year-Old Is Begging for a Good Education and a Safe Place to Learn. Something Needs to Change.

Since the release of the blistering Johns Hopkins report on the Providence Public Schools, the new state education commissioner, Angélica Infante Green, and the city’s…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted June 14, 2019
Tatiana speaking at a public demonstration.

High School Graduate Tatiana Amaya on Raising Student Voice and Claiming a Seat at the Table

Often, you hear about leaders, far earlier than you meet them. Sitting in a café near the school where I lead as principal, Mastery-Shoemaker, I…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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