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Be Careful What You Ask For -- What Time is It?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.02.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Years ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson would open up several of his speeches by loudly asking, "What time is it?" He would answer his own question by responding, "Nation time!" Well, it's "Nation time" again. Only this time, it is more urgent.

Dear Steph Curry: Please Don't Visit My High School

Matt Amaral | Posted 06.03.2015 | Sports
Matt Amaral

I love you. But I have to ask you to do me a solid and make sure you don't ever come visit my high school. You see, Steph, if you come to my school you will be your usual inspiring, humble self and you will say all the right things. But the reason I don't want you to come has to do with what you won't say.

Whites Like Me

Michael Beyer | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

I lived and studied with black people, I felt comfortable around them and felt they accepted me, but I never had a conversation about race that made me uncomfortable. That changed when I met Chala Holland.

A Lesson Implemented

Randy Miller | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

Something amazing happened on Friday at my school... my students exercised their right to conduct a peaceful protest. They organized their strategy within a week; attributing leadership credit to one they called "Ms. Kelly."

Toward Translating Success for Black and Brown Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Now, more than ever, eliminating the stereotypes, structures and beliefs that hinder human potential is paramount. We find ourselves in a teachable moment in a campaign for human justice. The path to transformation begins in our schools.

Harvesting Teachers of Color to Improve -- And Save -- Lives

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.28.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

The challenge we face is that, in a majority of urban schools, the student population is more segregated than it was 60 years ago, after Brown v. Board of Education. At the same time, the teaching force has become "whiter," with as many as four white teachers for every teacher of color. Black teachers make up less than 7 percent of America's teaching force.

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Seek Reform Without Research

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some research suggests that charter schools perform no better than existing public schools. And even if we wanted to, it would be nearly impossible to take the charter movement to scale. So why are the billionaire "disruptors" of the hedge-fund world so hell-bent on establishing charter schools? Money and influence may help to explain it.

Addressing PTSD Among Youth Is Central to Closing the Achievement Gap

Teach Plus | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I can't do my job effectively if my students' critical mental health needs are not met. The 2008 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence shows that children are more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime. How can we possibly expect youth who are facing debilitating trauma to catch up with their healthier peers without adequate care?

A Diploma and a Degree... For Free?

Randy Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

Community colleges is not the final destination, however if utilized strategically, urban students can benefit from the opportunity to attend them; particularly if they were to obtain an associate's degree during their final two years in high school.

No Child Left in Isolation

Randy Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

If you want to close achievement gaps between poor students of color and their wealthier white counterparts, you must reduce the high levels of socioeconomic isolation in urban communities.

Desegregation and the Highway of Justice: How Segregated, Under-resourced Schools Are Failing Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Eric Cooper

New York City has extraordinarily segregated neighborhoods and radically unequal educational opportunities for its black children. Segregated housing patterns ensure that most black students attend poorly resourced public schools, while schools in predominantly white, wealthy neighborhoods have the resources to help children succeed.

Honoring the Dream: An Education Bill of Rights

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.20.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.

Reflections From the First International Conference on Urban Education

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

What brought me to Jamaica in the first place to witness this wonderful exchange was because I was attending and presenting at the first International Conference on Urban Education (ICUE), Interestingly enough, Black scholars are also a rare breed (although becoming increasingly greater numbers in the past few years).

Early Learning Needs to Be National Priority

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

State funding per child for preschool programs has declined over the last decade. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds participated in publicly-funded preschool.

Teacher Prep and Better Resources: How to Reach Urban Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their schools are often thrown into the "lost cause" category.

A Back-to-School Supply List for Administrators and Policymakers

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Some of the supplies listed are for students, some are for teachers, and some are for you, so that you can better understand what teachers need and do. We'll start with the "easy" supplies first -- the literal ones.

The SAT: Not an Effective Measuring Stick for Urban Students

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

There is no denying that the SAT test has become a misunderstood educational instrument through the years. My message to college admissions offers that grades -- not SAT scores -- should be what matters the most for all students -- and especially urban minorities.

5 Ways to Engage Youth in the Fight for Civil Rights

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Christopher Emdin

Many youth who know that they aren't treated fairly, and know that life isn't the way it should be, do not see themselves in a fight for their civil rights. They have been taught to turn a blind eye to institutional racism and structural inequity, and don't see that their civil rights are being violated in more subtle and dangerous ways than ever before.

Character Counts: Observations From the Classroom

American Teacher | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
American Teacher

It is my fervent hope that my students will go on to help lead our country. They understand that decency is fundamental to true success.

For the Children: New Skid Row Campus Partners Para Los Niños Charter and LAUSD School

Martine Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Martine Singer

LAUSD and Para Los Niños share a vision for high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming integrated with the services and supports needed by families living in poverty.

Bored-o-ed: An Educator's Plan for Making NYC Public Schools Work, Part 2

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

Consider the virtuous circle aspect: If teaching in public schools were to become prestigious (again), a higher caliber of college graduates would be drawn to the profession. More intellectual rigor all around would bring up everybody's game.

How One NYC School Transformed Its Classrooms and School Culture to Boost Achievement

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.30.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

As education advocates, we know the promise of America is represented by all school children -- not just those with the highest grades or most obvious passion for learning.

Brain Science Holds Key to Instilling Love of Learning

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.23.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Next time someone tells you that any student or group of students is destined to fail in school, don't believe them. Their path is in their heads. If they have belief, hope and tenacity, there is no telling how far students can go.

City Schools Are Broke But Can't Be Broken

Lauren Boyle | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Lauren Boyle

Philly and Chicago adults who are invested in public education in some way are stressed. Can you imagine, however, how the children feel?

Repairing Urban Education

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

As another school year gets under way, our country has the opportunity to repair urban education in a substantive, strategic and sustainable way -- using proven, and common sense, approaches that are based on investing in teachers and engaging our children and families.