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Roderick Carey
Roderick L. Carey is an educational researcher, writer, and teacher educator. He is also a featured blogger for a dynamic organization called Faith Leaders for Change ( Currently, Rod is a Ph.D candidate in the department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership at University of Maryland College Park, where he specializes in Minority and Urban Education. Prior to beginning full-time graduate study in the Fall of 2009, Rod spent four years as a high school English teacher, coach, and instructional leader in urban Washington, DC charter schools. Rod moved to the Washington DC area in 2005, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from Boston College in 2004 and a Master of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2005. At present, Rod teaches undergraduate- and masters-level courses on diversity and equity for current and future classroom teachers. Rod’s research interests include, the history of Black and Latino education in the United States, teaching for diversity and equity, and the school engagement and motivation of high achieving Black and Latino

Entries by Roderick Carey

Reviving Hope in Troubling Times: Ferguson and the Futures of Black Boys

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 3:50 PM

"I'm used to being let down by verdicts like this." That was the text message my 17-year-old cousin David sent after learning a St. Louis County grand jury failed to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

While hundreds of messages scrolled...

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What Diddy Delivered to Howard Grads

(6) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:06 PM

This time last year, all eyes were on Morehouse College as President Obama addressed graduates at its 129th commencement (see here). This year, all eyes were on another prestigious HBCU and another high profile speaker as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs took the stage at the 146th commencement at...

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What Mandela Meant to an 8-Year-Old Boy: Looking Back and Looking Forward

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:29 AM

I only vaguely remember the fall of the Berlin Wall and the crumbling of the Soviet Union. But the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela -- his fight against apartheid, his 27 years of captivity, his steadfast faith in reconciliation -- continues to resonate deeply within me.

After hearing...

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What I Soaked Up From the President's Speech to Morehouse Grads: Reflections on a Transformative Black Male Agenda

(22) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:52 PM

If you see a black man smiling wider or poking out his chest more than usual this week, you can probably assume that his excitement was caused, at least in part, by the rousing address given by President Barack Obama at the Morehouse College commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19,...

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Mentoring Matters: Bolstering the Success of Young Black and Latino Males Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom

(13) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:56 AM

We need more good black men in public education! Sound familiar? I see and hear this phrase often. Recently, I saw it again in an email sent to recognize and bolster the accomplishments of another black male educator, who after years of dedication and extensive evaluation secured tenure from his...

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From Despair to Repair: Preparing College Students to Navigate Racial Conflicts on Campus

(12) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Kevin is a 19-year-old college freshman at a predominantly white, mid-Atlantic university. Much of this essay is based on his true story, and he graciously allowed me to share his experience in this public forum.

Kevin is a slender, black male with dreadlocks and upper-body tattoos. Around...

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Black Males and the Nature of Suspicion: Uncovering What Really Killed Trayvon Martin

(17) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 12:39 PM

I had a visceral reaction when I first heard about the killing of Trayvon Martin. My heart sunk low, my stomach panged and blood rose through my body and up my back. My mind, like millions others at the time, was simultaneously grappling with seemingly conflicting emotions of anguish and...

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Parents Aren't to Blame for the Achievement Gap: A History of Injustice Is!

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 12:10 PM

I have spent considerable time reading, thinking and researching issues inherent in the achievement gap. I practically lived and breathed the achievement gap, as during my time as a high school English teacher in Washington, DC, I daily encountered the gap and fought to close it by pushing my students...

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The Achievement Gap: Let's Stop Pretending We Know What This Means

(154) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 2:39 PM

It seems like anywhere and everywhere you go, everyone is talking about our nation's schools; I find it both exciting and peculiar. As one who formerly taught in urban high schools, and who currently researches and teaches courses in the field of education at the university level, I am excited...
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