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When Diversifying Staff, It All Comes Down to Principals!

A school is only as good as its administrators’ execution of their vision. It starts at the top. Building administrators — specifically, school principals — are the ones who do the hiring of teachers. So much rides on their cultural competence, and this factors heavily into the hiring of teachers of color — or lack… Continue reading When Diversifying Staff, It All Comes Down to Principals!

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The Importance of Transparency in Education

(This is a guest post by NYC resident Megan O’Connor, the CEO of Clark, a mobile tool for tutors and administrative software solution for tutoring centers.) With testing standards constantly changing, traditional grading systems being called into question, and policy changes affecting the way that classrooms are being run, it’s an increasingly difficult time for parents,… Continue reading The Importance of Transparency in Education

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UFT: Black Lives (Kinda) Matter

(This is a guest post by Pete Cook which originally appeared on his blog, “Retort: Correcting the Record on Education Reform.” Pete became involved in education reform in New Orleans Public Schools as a 2002 Teach For America corps member and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP and the Recovery School District.)… Continue reading UFT: Black Lives (Kinda) Matter

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Education Is Too Widely Informed By The Mainstream White Voice

Warm demanding pedagogy and culturally relevant pedagogy also focus on the expressions of teacher care and respect of students, their home communities, and overall well-being. I read this quote and this question arises in my mind:  How can a Trump supporter teach Black and Brown children and be a “warm demander” of those children? It’s oxymoronic.… Continue reading Education Is Too Widely Informed By The Mainstream White Voice

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When They Go Low, We Go High: Why Black Teachers Are A Necessity, Not An Option

I didn’t know that there was a researched title for the kind of teacher I am. I just thought it was me being me and, while that’s true, I recently learned that the role I bring to the classroom every day is called being a “warm demander.” According to esteemed scholar Dr. Diedre Houchen, “warm… Continue reading When They Go Low, We Go High: Why Black Teachers Are A Necessity, Not An Option

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NYC Teacher: Principals, Get Out There and Lead!

What could be more important than welcoming 1,300 high school students during the morning into your building as a principal? I mean, seriously. I do it. These students walk past my 5’2” petite frame (hence, I often wear heels making me a resounding 5’3” tall powerhouse) on their way to the cafeteria and subsequent classes.… Continue reading NYC Teacher: Principals, Get Out There and Lead!

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“By the Time I Was the Only Black Kid in All My Honors Classes, I Was Already Confident in My Abilities.”

I donated some books to my local public library yesterday. One of the bags that I used to transport the books was from Howard University. I got that bag at a parent orientation for incoming freshman students. On the front of the bag it proudly showcases the date that this historically Black university was established… Continue reading “By the Time I Was the Only Black Kid in All My Honors Classes, I Was Already Confident in My Abilities.”

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Having A Black Teacher Gives Black Students A Better Shot At Success

A colleague of mine and I were talking a few weeks ago and he mentioned something to me to which I’d previously not given much thought. He, a Black male educator, stated that Black children need more exposure to Black teachers as early in their academic careers as possible in order to give them a… Continue reading Having A Black Teacher Gives Black Students A Better Shot At Success

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Teachers of Color, Your Presence is Requested at the Equity Table!

The lack of teachers of color in America hurts all students, Black, Latino, Asian, and White. This is not just my opinion. This is a fact, and one that sadly continues to be overlooked in the hiring practices of districts across the United States. According to Chalkbeat, While students of color can develop deep ties… Continue reading Teachers of Color, Your Presence is Requested at the Equity Table!