The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Posted Nov. 6, 2017

Episode 04: #TeachtheBabies (ft. David Johns and Dr. John King)

We finally got to sit down with David Johns and John B. King Jr. at The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening in Philly last month, hosted…

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We Asked The White House’s David Johns About Black Student Achievement and Here’s What He Had to Say

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, teamed up with Education Post for a Facebook Q&A this…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016

How Do I Join Tonight’s Facebook Q&A With David Johns?

Tonight, December 6, at 7:30 PM ET on the Education Post Facebook Page we’re hosting a Q&A with David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Nov. 18, 2016

The World Is Bigger Than America and African-American Students Deserve Access to It

This week, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, along with nearly 100 countries around the world, is celebrating International Education Week…

By Alexandria Myers, Lauren Mims

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016

7-Year-Old Jordan West on Writing a Book, a Literacy Princess Party at the White House and Why Every Girl Is Smart, Beautiful and Special

Jordan West wants every girl—regardless of circumstance—to feel smart, beautiful and special. Wearing a tiara, Jordan read the book she wrote, at 6-years-old, to a…

By Lauren Mims, David J. Johns

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

The White House Hosted a Princess Party for Black Girls and It Was All About Celebrating Literacy

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” First Lady Michelle Obama reminds everyone of one of the most powerful affirmations of…

By Lauren Mims, Cierra Kaler-Jones

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Posted Oct. 31, 2016

Students of Color Are Increasing and Teachers of Color Are Not. Here’s Why and What We Can Do About It.

Promoting diversity to increase the number of Black male teachers, and Hispanic male teachers, in public schools is vital to improving the educational outcomes for…

By Doris A. Smith-Ribner

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Posted Sep. 13, 2016

Here’s a Teacher Who Shows Teaching Is a Profession of Love

Robert Gardley may be new to the teaching profession, but his energy and enthusiasm in working with youth is second nature to him. As the…

By David J. Johns, Cierra Kaler-Jones

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

5 Ways Schools and Communities Can Support Homeless and Foster Care Youth

The experiences of homeless students are often rendered invisible. Students often hesitate to share that they are homeless due to fear of being stigmatized or…

By Justin Lang, David J. Johns

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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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