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Urban Education

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.

With the 'Fierce Urgency of Now,' Striving to Realize MLK's Dream

Eric Cooper | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

My memories are as vivid today as they were on that day of hope and simmering emotions. A young boy at the time, I brought to the March painful memories of the discrimination I experienced along with others of color.

On Black Culture, Don Lemon's Got It All Wrong

Christopher Emdin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Don Lemon's self-identification as being black, gay or from any other marginalized group does not give him license to speak disparagingly about a group's culture because he obviously experiences this culture from a standpoint of privilege that blinds him from reality.

The Zimmerman Verdict as a Teachable Moment

Eric Cooper | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

I have always found fear toward black men to be perplexing, because as a black man I have largely internalized the same American values shared by those who just happened to have been born white.

The Urban Teacher's Game Plan for Next Year

Randy Miller | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

I've been able to develop a few ways of getting the most out of my students. As you plan for the coming school year, I encourage you to try out some of these suggestions that helped me become a better teacher; I believe some of these will help you become a better teacher as well.

5 Ways to Stop a Black Scientist: Kiera Wilmot's Arrest

Christopher Emdin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Kiera is black, curious, has "an exemplary record," and no record for poor behavior. This forces me to ask, which of these characteristics is the one that deemed her a criminal by the school district?

In Education, Solutions Should Celebrate -- Not Remediate

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Schools remain our greatest hope -- the central function of any community. When working effectively, schools enable and empower the branches, mechanisms and policies of social networks to extend opportunity, simple justice and basic fairness.

Another Film About a Struggling School... Why Should You Care?

Jacquie Jones | Posted 05.19.2013 | Black Voices
Jacquie Jones

It's time to address the top-down, mostly privately-funded school reform "movement" currently shaping our national education policy and the impact it's having on black and brown and, most especially, poor children.

Christie Criticized For '19th Century' Behavior

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is under attack by the state's Assembly speaker for bringing up her race during a discussion about school vouchers...

Solutions to Ending Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 3

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

A traditional four-year college education is not the path for everyone or all careers, but what are we doing to ensure good opportunities for the other 70 percent?

A Beacon of Excellence in Urban Education on the West Side of Chicago

Marcus Bright | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago
Marcus Bright

In 2010, FIMS was the only school in the state of Illinois to achieve the 90 percent minority, 90 percent poverty, 90 percent meeting or exceeding on the state assessment distinction.

Why Obama Is Losing the Battle Against Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
John Thompson

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?

Passing It On

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.10.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As teachers, we touch many lives. Sometimes we know the effect, but often we do not. When I received an email from a former InsideOut student, now a Teach for America trainee, I had the pleasure of spreading the word to a very special teacher.

Geniuses Unite: The Intersection of Hip-Hop and Science

Christopher Emdin | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

From GZA and Neil deGrasse Tyson we learn that exposure to a multitude of positive experiences is the key to creating more options in the future for young people.

The 'Urban' Divide

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I am constantly struck by how little time education reformers spend talking about students, and how much time they spend talking about adults.

5 Reasons Why Romney's Urban Education Plan Is Disastrous

Christopher Emdin | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Is the intent to send a message about the fact that all public schools are bad and all alternatives that have roots/connections to privatization are good? If all public schools are indeed bad, what does that say about all the students in these schools and how they are viewed by politicians?

Why Inner City Kids Have A Natural Learning Advantage

Robert Sun | Posted 06.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Robert Sun

I am convinced that urban children, with their indomitable spirit and inexhaustible supply of grit, are the keys to uplifting and rebuilding our nation to its former glory.