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How Do We Get More Male Teachers of Color?

July 30, 2014
How Do We Get More Male Teachers of Color?

Travis Bristol, author This guest post was written by Dr. Travis Bristol, a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools and teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and his research focuses on the...
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Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

July 30, 2014
Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

By Yanan Wang / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 28, 2014 12:00 AM The wooded expanse of Frick Park had been transformed before Michael Smith’s eyes. In one corner of a grassy field was an obstacle course that mixed learning with sport: math equations and jump ropes, history readings and kickball. Ten African-American boys, students in...
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‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative is destroying the Black male mentoring movement

July 26, 2014
‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative is destroying the Black male mentoring movement

By Phillip Jackson 07/25/2014 The White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is destroying the Black Male Mentoring Movement in America—decades-long work to save Black boys. Virtually all of the small, community-based agencies that comprise this substantial, historic effort to mentor Black boys have been left out of the overall conversation, the planning, and the...
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LET’S CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: No More Excuses

July 14, 2014
LET’S CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: No More Excuses

Roger Madison, CEO July 12, 2014 I am tired of listening to excuses. I am quite frankly puzzled by the growing achievement gaps in testing results that we read about among Black students. It appears to me that someone hoodwinked many Black people into believing that we cannot perform well on tests. We must...
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WELL-EDUCATED BLACK PARENTS EQUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

July 8, 2014
WELL-EDUCATED BLACK PARENTS EQUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES

by MICHAEL HOLZMAN June 30, 2014 The U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress periodically measures literacy skills at grades four, eight, and 12. The results are reported at four levels: At Basic and below Basic; at Proficient and at Advanced for each grade level. As reading is the basis for all...
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Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?

July 8, 2014
Have Black Girls Been Overlooked?

By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu  Recent test scores, statements from parents and Black girls, and visits to urban school districts have shown that we’re in the midst of a crisis among Black females. Yet, almost nothing gets reported; their situation seems of little consequence to the general public. We have done very little to encourage,...
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White High School Dropout Has Same Chances of Getting a Job as Black College Graduate

June 27, 2014
White High School Dropout Has Same Chances of Getting a Job as Black College Graduate

June 26, 2014 Probably the most pervasive myth in the American lexicon is that the U.S. is a meritocracy. The reason affirmative action exists is to thwart the entrenched bias in education and employment, but now that neo-liberals and conservatives are leaning toward a color-blind approach, it is imperative that those on the forefront of...
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An open letter of apology to Black Men in hopes of Reconciliation.

June 23, 2014
An open letter of apology to Black Men in hopes of Reconciliation.

(ThyBlackMan.com) Dear Black Man, By Nojma Muhammad November 23, 2011 I have become a woman that you no longer recognize. I have allowed our enemy to impregnate me with his ideas and thoughts. I have allowed an illusion of independence to keep us separated.  I have fooled myself into believing that my degrees places me...
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We Are Not Only Changing the Education Discourse, We Are Also Changing Its Course:

June 23, 2014
We Are Not Only Changing the Education Discourse, We Are Also Changing Its Course:

It is the beliefs of teachers, administrators and school boards, NOT poverty that is responsible for poor student achievements. When recent convert Diane Ravitch and other so-called liberal educators contend that poverty, not the beliefs of teachers, administrators and school boards, is responsible for poor student achievement, they are dead wrong. If Ravitch and cohorts were...
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Improving Conditions — Unless You’re Black

June 22, 2014
Improving Conditions — Unless You’re Black

In this piece, the author of the heralded Schott Foundation’s report on African-American male achievement, weighs in on recent statistics and fuels the recognition that a particular demographic in this country continues to get short shrift in those policies and programs that might help alleviate the institutional racism that denies a people equal opportunity....
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