Systemic Racism

Posted Jan. 3, 2022

10 States to Watch for Educational Gag Orders in 2022

Last year, the obscure legal term “critical race theory” exploded into public consciousness, just months after conservative activist Christopher Rufo and Donald Trump began using…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2022

Let 2022 Be the Year We Go All In on Anti-Racist Education

As a new year begins, racism and hate are very much prevalent within our school communities and our society as a whole. Yet, we still…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Dec. 14, 2021

I Am a Black Teacher and I Wear Ralph Lauren. Does That Make Me a Gang Member?

As a teacher, I am always professional with my students. When it comes to how I dress, however, my professional self and my casual self…

By Iesha Green

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Posted Dec. 2, 2021

This Is How I Am Using The 1619 Project in My Class

Teaching slavery is hard, and I would argue teaching slavery to majority Black students is even more challenging. I tell students all the time that, given…

By Abigail Henry

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Posted Nov. 29, 2021

BIPOC Students Deserve To See More Than White Protagonists in Children’s Books

The great American educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, once said, “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” As we mark National Family Literacy…

By Naila Bolus

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

There’s a Kyle Rittenhouse in Your School, Too

During my first week of teaching science at my former middle school on the Oregon coast, I noticed a student happily decorating his science notebook.…

By Lynette Harthold

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Watch What Happens When We Unleash Parent Power

By the age of 11, I knew how to set up the electricity for my house, enroll my siblings in school and lie to keep…

By Daiana Lambrecht

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

Education Organizations Remain Grossly Underrepresentative of a Growing Latinx Population

My community—the Latinx community—is the fastest-growing population in the U.S, accounting for 52% of growth in the last decade. Latinx students currently represent nearly one…

By Xiomara Padamsee

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Posted Nov. 15, 2021

Almost Two Years Into the Pandemic and We Still Haven’t Gotten to the Heart of Our Broken School System

The kids are vaxxed and in school, so why do I still feel so hopeless? 600-some days ago, the world shut down and my kids…

By Zachary Wright 

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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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