student wellness

Are We Going to Let 'Nice White Parents' Kill Black and Brown Families?

A new COVID-19 strain is more contagious than ever. The Trump administration’s sheer neglect in the face of this deadly pandemic is enraging. Federal inaction has cost lives, and we are far from...

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Chicago

Even in Death, Black and Brown Students Are Dehumanized

In my second year of teaching, I had a notorious student we’ll call Israel. After the first day of class, we sat down and discussed appropriate expectations, whom he could work well with and we...

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School Discipline

Why Meek Mill’s Release From Prison Matters More to Your Students Than You Think

The enslavement, segregation and brutality of Black communities has been the bloody heirloom to White America for centuries. And the prison-industrial complex has been a vital component of such...

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Chicago

I Refuse to Bury Another Student

Yakez Semark was a bright, warm, charismatic 20-year-old whose life ended several weeks ago due to gun violence. He was also one of my first students. When one of his former classmates notified me...

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Poverty

Money Isn’t the Solution to All of Our Problems But the Funding Inequities That Exist in Urban Schools Is Criminal

Every day I drove to hospice, I stared at the painful reminders of school inequities. In the week that led up to losing my grandmother, I drove through Chicago to a nearby affluent suburb. I was in...

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Implicit bias

My Grandmother Who Escaped Nazis Told Me to Always Speak Up. So, I’m Calling Out Racist Teachers.

My grandmother escaped the Nazis three days before they invaded Prague while much of her family did not. En route to America she and her family listened to the radio, in awe as various nations...

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