Sydney Chaffee

Posted June 6, 2018

What White Educators Can Do to Create Space for More Black Teachers

Last year, several of my talented, dedicated colleagues of color announced they were leaving our school, and the news hit some students hard. “Black teachers…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted May 8, 2018

I Just Traveled the Entire Country and Found One Thing We Teachers Can Agree On

A few weeks ago, I visited the classroom of Stefan Lawrence, a high school English teacher at Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia. Although I…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

The World Is Threatened by Our Students’ Voices and We Have to Teach Them to Be Brave

I talk a lot about how our students can change the world. And I mean it. Glance at the headlines any day this week, and…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted May 30, 2017

This Teachers Union Might Have More in Common With President Trump Than They Think

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) recently rejected the opportunity to offer congratulations to the National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee. Why? For the sole…

By Martha M. Walz

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

Here Are Some Must-Reads From Educators Who Are Changing the Conversation

Over the past week, 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee has been in the media spotlight, sharing the recipe to her success with…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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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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