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Posted Sep. 20, 2021

These 5 Anti-Racist Books Will Help Level Up Your School’s Professional Development

Over the past year, I have been able to read a ton of great books focused on social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, and disrupting white…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Sep. 16, 2021

It’s Time to Dump Deficit-Based Data

As the school year begins, we hear lots of deficit-laden words like “Title I,” “tough,” “low-income,” and “low-achieving” to describe primarily Black and brown students…

By Doron Zinger

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music and teaching music seriously. He…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 8, 2021

White Women Like Me Dominate the Teaching Profession. Here’s Why That’s a Problem

I can name the Black educators I had growing up on one hand.  One. Hand.  And if I add the ones I had in college…

By Megan Allen

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Posted Aug. 25, 2021

Like James Baldwin Said, ‘A Teacher Who Is Not Free to Teach Is Not a Teacher’

The great James Baldwin once stated, “A teacher who is not free to teach, is not a teacher.”  As many of you already know, there…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Aug. 19, 2021

I Teach Literacy as a Tool for Liberation

When I was a twenty-nine-and-a-half-year-old middle school English teacher, I bought my first house. I was also single. Normally my singledom isn’t important but then…

By Miah Daughtery

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Posted Aug. 6, 2021

I Almost Left Teaching But Then I Remembered Why I Started

This past year, I came the closest I ever have to ending my teaching career — midyear. Between August and December, my second graders and…

By Kimberly Folkening

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 26, 2021

We All Hate Professional Development, But Some of Y’all Need It

Teachers enjoy the summer break, too. However, depending on when school gets out, summer vacation may be winding down already. If that is the case…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

4 Tips to Help Parents Navigate These Traumatic Times

How many times have we heard it said that “these are unprecedented times?” That statement may have provided some comfort at the start of the…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 21, 2021

4 Ways Administrators Can Better Support Teachers This Year

Teachers are walking away from education, but the pandemic has accelerated the exit of some educators. I have spoken to several principals who have not…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

More Than One Million Parents Voted With Their Feet to Choose the Best Option For Their Family

A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) finds that enrollment in district public schools dropped 3% from school years 2019-2020…

By Laura Waters

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