Month: August 2020

Why black teachers matter to black and white kids — book excerpt


If I proposed to a governor or a school board that they replace a significant portion of a majority-White teaching corps with Black teachers after a natural disaster decimated a city because doing so would potentially confer educational and social benefits I’d probably be denounced as a racist and publicly excoriated.

Even a cursory reading of the literature on Black teachers should have given politicians and reformers pause before forcing their mass exit, but alas, even the research has apparently been devalued. For years, researchers such as Gloria Ladson- Billings, Pedro Noguera, Lisa Delpit, Adrienne Dixson,

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An unusual model to bring virtual learning ‘to life’

In this post, David Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, writes about an unusual approach to bringing virtual learning “to life.”

By David Kirp

Before the novel coronavirus struck, few teachers had the know-how that’s necessary to do a solid job of teaching online. The overnight transition from the classroom to the laptop and iPad has been nerve-racking, as teachers have struggled to devise a virtual experience that keeps their students engrossed. Judging from the woeful spring semester performance of many students, especially those from low-income families, their success has been mixed at

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Chadwick Boseman praised student protesters in 2018 commencement speech at Howard University

It is a great privilege, graduates to address you on your day, a day marking one of the most important accomplishments of your life to date. This is a magical place, a place where the dynamics of positive and negative seem to exist in extremes. I remember walking across this yard on what seemed to be a random day, my head down lost in my own world of issues like many of you do daily. I’m almost at the center of the yard. I raised my head and Muhammad Ali was walking towards me. Time seemed to slow down as

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DeVos: It’s a ‘good thing’ that pandemic will force schools to make long-overdue changes

“We highly value education as a nation and again, I think the last six months have really revealed the fact that the system that most students have been a part of has been a very static, one-size-fits-all system that is unable in way too many cases to pivot, to be nimble and flexible and to adjust to new and different circumstances.

And I think this is a good thing because I think it’s going to really force changes that should have happened many years ago. And most of that’s going to happen when families themselves are empowered to make those

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Spark Hope Through Human Rights: New Professional Development Resources from Speak Truth to Power

By Karen Robinson, Director of Speak Truth to Power


Hope undercurrents movements for change. Whether it be speaking out about racial justice or supporting a candidate for an election, hope inspires other to build a better future.

In 1966, late Senator Robert F. Kennedy said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls

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Celebrate the Moments When Learning Comes Alive! Ignite Student Inspiration with Discovery Education’s Innovation Virtual Field Trips

Did you know our brains have Mirror Neurons”, which fire not only when we perform an action, but also when we observe that same action performed by another? This is why experiencing something and watching someone else experience it can have the exact same effect on our mind. * 

Educators and parents both know that some of students’ most inspired moments of learning and growth happen spontaneously, beyond set-in-stone lessons and rote memorization. During a time when approaches to education must be more fluid and flexible than ever, Discovery Education is empowering teachers, students, and families

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Second federal judge halts DeVos’s rule giving federal coronavirus aid to private schools

The lawsuit, filed by eight states as well as D.C. and four school districts, involves a July 1 regulation about the distribution of federal funds. The money, about $13.5 billion, was included for K-12 schools in Congress’s $2 trillion aid package — known as the Cares Act — in March to mitigate economic damage from the pandemic.

(The plaintiffs are California, Michigan — DeVos’s home state — Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as D.C., and the school districts in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City and San Francisco.)

U.S. legislators from both parties said that most

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Trump said Biden vowed to close all charter schools. Biden didn’t.

Charter schools were originally intended to be publicly funded schools with increased flexibility in program design and operations. Democrats believe that education is a public good and should not be saddled with a private profit motive, which is why we will ban for-profit private charter businesses from receiving federal funding. And we recognize the need for more stringent guardrails to ensure charter schools are good stewards of federal education funds. We support measures to increase accountability for charter schools, including by requiring all charter schools to meet the same standards of transparency as traditional public schools, including with regard to

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No, LeBron James didn’t open a charter school as Jared Kushner said

The I Promise School is designed to provide academics as well as social and emotional support to at-risk students. Akron taxpayers fund the school and its daily operations, while James’s foundation pays for the wraparound services and other programs there. In 2019, LeBron helped build transitional housing for families whose children attend the I Promise School and are experiencing homelessness or struggle to have stable, safe housing.

One of the reasons what James did was considered notable at the time was because other celebrities who have jumped into education philanthropy have backed alternatives to public district schools, such as charter

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