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Posted Apr. 1, 2020

It Was Hard Being a Dyslexia Mom Before Coronavirus and Now It’s Even Harder

For me, helping my son go from a bright but illiterate fourth-grader to a high school student who can read and write was an incredible…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Apr. 4, 2019

6 Things Black Students Need to Hear After Nipsey Hussle’s Death

“He was a former gang member…and in other news…” That’s what my favorite local news station, WGN, had to say about Ermias Joseph Asghedom—better known…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 6, 2019

These Sixth-Graders Are Recreating Classic Book Covers for Black History Month

Terrance Sims is getting creative this Black History Month. A sixth-grade teacher, Sims and his students recreated classic book covers written by famous Black historical…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted June 22, 2018

My School Showed Me My Passion and Now I’m a Filmmaker

In Georgia, 84,000 students attended charter schools in the 2016-17 school year. My story is just one of thousands of success stories of students who…

By Cabral Clements

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Posted June 5, 2018

Robert F. Kennedy, the ‘Complicated’ Advocate for Civil Rights

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was killed on June 6, 1968. He was a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination that year. His assassination came…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Jan. 29, 2018

‘No Excuses’ Only Works When It Applies to the Adults in the School, Too

Many schools with strict discipline practice what they call a “no excuses” philosophy. The problem with many “no excuses” schools is that the motto is…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Jan. 29, 2018

VIDEO: We’re Not Doing Enough to Fight Racism in Our Schools

On religious holidays, so many of us have family and faith community practices of rereading stories related to that holiday. On Independence Day, I’m not…

By Deborah Gist

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

These Kids Show You How to Celebrate School Choice Week

It’s National School Choice Week and students from around the country can’t stop dancing. Yes, dancing is a thing. Every year, students don their yellow…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Jan. 18, 2018

VIDEO: We’re Black Education Advocates and We’re Taking Our Seats at the Table

First let me say that the views and and opinions expressed in this piece are not those of Tanesha Peeples, Deputy Director of Outreach for…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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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