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Posted June 7, 2019
Michael Gilchrist pictured with three of his students.

‘I Knew I Wanted to Teach Kids Whose Backgrounds Looked Just Like Mine’

Nylah Newkirk, Da´Montae Neclos and Dionte Edmonds fall out laughing while describing the unforgettable morning when their math teacher taught them about quadrants. There’s nothing…

By Theodore Johnson

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Posted June 4, 2019

We Are D.C. Education Leaders of Color and Advocates for a High-Quality Public Education for Every Student in Every Neighborhood

As noted in a May 26 Washington Post article, Paul Kihn, Washington, D.C.’s deputy mayor for education (DME), wrote a memo to the D.C. Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) ahead of its May 20th vote on new charter applications. The DME’s memo, formally known as the School System Capacity Assessment, expressed concerns about adding new charter campuses, saying they “are competing for a relatively limited number of high school aged…

By D.C. Education Leaders of Color

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Posted Dec. 7, 2018

D.C.’s School Report Cards Set a New Standard for Community Engagement

As parents dropping our children off at school, many of us may wonder, will they have a good day? Will they do their best? Will…

By Mike Magee

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Posted Dec. 5, 2018

A Second Listen to Student Voice

Common Core author David Coleman shocked a crowd of educators in 2011 when he declared, “…as you grow up in this world, you realize people…

By Eric Goldstein

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Posted Nov. 30, 2018

Time to Recognize That the Black Education Movement Is Growing and Isn’t Going Anywhere

Here’s the scene. There’s a movement of Black education advocates afoot. It’s built on the shoulders of the Black-led movements that preceded it, and it’s…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 16, 2018

Explaining Social-Emotional Learning to Families Can Be Tough. Here’s Three Things You Should Know.

Eighty-two percent of Americans think it’s very important for schools to help students develop interpersonal skills like cooperation, respect and persistence. Despite this, schools have…

By Rachel Anderson

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Posted Nov. 15, 2018

We Don’t Need Saviors, We Need Leaders Who Are Ready to Form True Partnerships With Families and Communities

I’ve traveled a lot for work this year, and as I’ve gone from the mountains of Peru to the rural regions of Haiti to the…

By Kaya Henderson

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Posted June 14, 2018

We Need to Stop Pulling Black Girls Out of Schools for Dress Code Violations

Dress code enforcement is as American as apple pie. Most of us have had some experience with dress codes, either in school or the workplace.…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted June 6, 2018

Let’s Get Real About Graduating Kids, Not Gaming Grad Rates

“Tyrone” sat across from me, leaning forward with his hands wringing in anxiety as I stared blankly at my computer screen. Staring back at me…

By Sean Worley

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Posted May 30, 2018

Congratulations, Graduates! We Don’t Care About You at All.

Hello, class of 2018! Welcome to the last day of your K-12 education and the launch of your adult lives. I know that today is…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted July 9, 2019
African American mother in park with her daughter.

Here’s What I Wish White Teachers Knew When Teaching My Black Children

Dear White Teachers of My Black Children: I am a Black mom and I have two children who are now in high school. Raising them…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted July 10, 2019

Black Folks Can Barely Access District Choices. That’s Why I Fight for My Grandson’s California Charter.

This Wednesday, the California Senate’s Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make local school districts the primary authority saying…

By Christina Laster

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Posted July 9, 2019

Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break

Summer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half…

By Melissa Bagneris

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