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Urban Education

What We Can Learn From Cuba (And Vice Versa)

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 11.30.2016 | Latino Voices
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Castro's Cuba was indeed, for most Americans, a mysterious land - a place where few could visit and explore. Indeed, we can borrow much from Cuba's playbook - and vice versa.

Make America Great: Get All Our Children "Off the Reservation" 

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I think it is time for some introspection. It's time for all of us to give some real thought to America's racist and destructive history, beginning as far back as our country, as we know it, begins - with Native Americans.

How Gov. Jindal's Voucher Program is Like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Is that comparison in bad taste? Too melodramatic? The high mortality and incarceration rates of poorly educated, impoverished, Black Louisianians indicates otherwise.

War Zone Teaching: How to Heal Mental Wounds in Urban Classrooms

Pamela Lewis | Posted 03.16.2016 | Education
Pamela Lewis

While many of our students had become laughing hecklers who refused our help, by the time many graduated high school -- if they graduated high school -- they'd soon realize the joke was on them.

Education and Cultural Celebration Can Stop Bullying Before It Begins

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.15.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Republican Presidential hopeful Trump - and others like him - are modeling for our children the very things we say we don't want them to emulate: meanness, belligerence, intolerance, abuse.

Considering Teach for America? Stay longer than two years.

Lauren Boyle | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Lauren Boyle

This past weekend, over 15,000 past, present and prospective Teach for America corps members met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary...

Black Minds Matter

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.30.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Young people need the tools and skills to connect past, present and future. Without this level of awareness and engagement, it is Blacks, people of color and those struggling with poverty who are endangered.

The Audacity of Stealing Hope

Randy Miller | Posted 10.13.2016 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

State sponsored lotteries say a few things to the poor. First they tell the poor that your money is good enough but not you. They also tell the poor that the only thing guaranteed in your life is your ability to dream, not your ability to succeed.

Still Fighting For Equity

Emily Santelises Ramos | Posted 10.12.2016 | Education
Emily Santelises Ramos

Today, I sit in my Principal's chair with my Afro-Caribbean curly, brown hair and my Dominican and Puerto Rican flags hanging from my shelf, while meeting with students that are dealing with similar challenges. Yes, the challenges are still there. I continue to fight for equitable systems that will allow all students to succeed.

Technology Empowerment Coalition of Silicon Valley

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.04.2016 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Today I outlined some possible options that might have a more enduring, immediate and long term positive impact on increasing employment and economic opportunities for African-Americans in Silicon Valley.

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

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.02.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | 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 05.25.2016 | 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 05.16.2016 | 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 05.01.2016 | 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.