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9 THINGS EDUCATORS CAN DO TO LIBERATE THE MINDS OF BLACK CHILDREN

APRIL 13, 2019BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI10 MIN READ2 COMMENTS

We must be about the business of liberating the minds of Black children. In order for that to occur, the minds of all Blacks who interact with them must also be liberated. There is no other way. – Bobby E. Wright Recently…

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EVEN AS A STUDENT, MAYE-GAN BROWN HAS SOMETHING TO TEACH US ABOUT THE SCHOOL-TO-ACTIVISM PIPELINE

APRIL 10, 2019BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI5 MIN READADD COMMENT

There is no honor in the world like being a teacher. And in a school, every single person can play a teaching role. In fact, even our students can be their teachers’ teachers. Maye-gan Brown has played that role in my life…

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SHE DOESN’T WANT ‘WELL-BEHAVED’ STUDENTS, SHE WANTS STUDENTS WHO WILL CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO

APRIL 8, 2019BY KELISA WING3 MIN READADD COMMENT

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” I have pondered over this Laurel Ulrich quote for several years after hearing it, and especially during Women’s History Month. I hope during this month, and beyond, we teach our…

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL. TODAY THEY’RE FUNDED TO STAY THAT WAY

APRIL 1, 2019BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI5 MIN READ1 COMMENT

Students around the country are taught about America’s glorious victory in Brown v. Board of Education, the seminal moment that undid Plessy v. Ferguson’s separate but equal racial segregation. Desegregation is touted as a…

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WHEN IT COMES TO SCHOOL DISCIPLINE, ARE YOU AN OPPRESSOR OR A ‘WARM DEMANDER’

MARCH 28, 2019BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI7 MIN READ1 COMMENT

As a charter school leader of color, I have learned that many people who weigh in on school discipline don’t know what they’re talking about. I’ve listened to countless folks expound on theories, rarely capturing what it…

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13 WAYS EDUCATORS CAN TRANSFORM LITERACY

MARCH 23, 2019BY JARRED AMATO9 MIN READADD COMMENT

On Valentine’s Day, 13 of our Maplewood High School seniors and Project LIT Community founders were called down to the principal’s office. No, they were not in trouble. In fact, quite the opposite. One by one, our students…

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PARENTS, HERE ARE SOME GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUR CHILDREN – ESPECIALLY WHITE CHILDREN.

MARCH 20, 2019BY NOSAKHERE GRIFFIN-EL9 MIN READADD COMMENT

When we discuss Black History, many people begin at the enslavement era. Starting the history of Black people from the aforementioned limits how young people will view the agency of people of African descent. However, if we start…

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162 YEARS AFTER DRED SCOTT, AMERICA’S COURTS STILL BELIEVE BLACK STUDENTS DON’T HAVE RIGHTS THAT WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO RESPECT

MARCH 17, 2019BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI3 MIN READADD COMMENT

Earlier this month marked 162 years since the racist U.S. Supreme Court, once again, loudly and proudly declared white supremacy as the law of the land in their ruling on the Dred Scott case, stating, Black people “had no…

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A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF: DON’T. GIVE. UP!

MARCH 15, 2019BY NOSAKHERE GRIFFIN-EL5 MIN READADD COMMENT

Hello Nos, it is me, I mean you. Your older self. I know you are mad right now because you will be in the 7th grade for the second time. P.S. you get left down again in 9th grade too. You will struggle with reading all throughout…

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BEFORE PENNSYLVANIA APPLIES FOR 500 MILLION DOLLARS TO EXPAND CHARTERS, IT NEEDS TO UPDATE ITS CURRENT CHARTER LAW

MARCH 12, 2019BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI3 MIN READADD COMMENT

The budget recently released by this administration proposes $500 million in funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP). The CSP is a federal program that promotes and supports new charter schools and encourages the expansion…

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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