ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice. She is also a taco enthusiast, a proud member of the Bey-hive, and truly believes that she will be receiving her letter from Hogwarts any day now.

Posts By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

Black Excellence Must Come Home To Teach

Recently, my daughter, a high school freshman, attended a citywide HBCU college fair with her school’s Black Student Union. Over 20 HBCUs were represented, but only two had long lines: Howard...

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Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students: I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the anti-Blackness in the world now and feel unprepared...

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How I'm Helping My Child With Special Needs Navigate Remote Learning

My children always start school two weeks before everyone else. So after two weeks of e-learning—or what I am calling two-weeks “in the trenches”—I feel like I am ready to offer suggestions to all...

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Let's Celebrate Scholarships and Financial Aid Like We Celebrate College Acceptance

This is the time of the year that high schools, parents and students are proudly boasting about their acceptance into colleges and universities. Acceptance to highly competitive colleges and...

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Special Education

No, It's Not OK to Leave My Child Behind, Even in a National Crisis

As a disability advocate and a parent of a child with autism, I’m hearing stories from other parents of children with autism that break my heart! Here is one story from a fellow mom who shows us all...

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If It's Important for Girls to Lead, Let's Make It a Priority at School

Coronavirus has given us little to celebrate. My hope is that one of the silver linings during this crisis is that all students, but especially girls, have the opportunity to see women in positions...

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