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Equity & Diversity Opinion Why More Teachers Need to See the Beauty and Brilliance in Black Girls
Black girls are often accused of being loud or having an attitude. We need teachers to change that harmful perspective, because it matters.
Bola Delano-Oriaran, March 28, 2021
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Student Well-Being Video More Cities Take On ‘Period Poverty’ As a Way to Keep Kids in School
Many girls can’t afford the cost of menstrual products every month and end up staying home, missing class. Providence, Rhode Island has taken on this issue head on, seeing it as an equity issue for its mostly low income students. They have joined an increasing number of school districts, cities and states that offer free period products in schools for students who might need or can’t afford them. Officials say tackling this once taboo subject, is part of a strategy to keep children in school, healthy and ready to learn. It’s part of an effort to end what’s been called “period poverty.”
June 26, 2019
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Dressed in her shoulder pads and jersey, 8th grader Julie Michael, 13, holds her flute before playing the national anthem with the marching band at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey, Fla. Julie is a kicker on the football team, and also plays linebacker and wide receiver.
Dressed in her shoulder pads and jersey, 8th grader Julie Michael, 13, holds her flute before playing the national anthem with the marching band at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey, Fla. Julie is a kicker on the football team, and also plays linebacker and wide receiver.
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Student Well-Being Photos Tackling Football and the Flute
Julie Michael stood in the metal bleachers, flute poised at her lips, ready to play the national anthem with the middle school band.
Education Week Photo Staff, October 5, 2018
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Alameda High School students Henry Mills, left, and Kristen Wong sit together on the school's campus in Alameda, Calif. on Aug. 23, 2018. The city's school system relaxed dress codes to allow midriff-baring shirts and short shorts, among other once-banned items.
Alameda High School students Henry Mills, left, and Kristen Wong sit together on the school's campus in Alameda, Calif. The city's school system relaxed dress codes to allow midriff-baring shirts and short shorts, among other once-banned items.
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School & District Management Do School Dress Codes Discriminate Against Girls?
A spate of viral videos is sparking questions about whether school dress code policies unfairly single out girls.
Sasha Jones, August 31, 2018
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Education Opinion Strategies for Supporting Girls in Computer Science
By focusing on providing positive female role models for computer science in our schools, and supporting girls and young women in their endeavors, we can send a strong message that computer science is for everyone.
Douglas Kiang, June 19, 2018
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The Wyoming Girls School, which serves court-ordered delinquent girls ages 12-21, works to avoid most visible signs of security. But it makes use of its rural location—set just beyond the center of town in Sheridan, Wyo., abutting the town’s small airport runway—both for security and pedagogy.
The Wyoming Girls School, which serves court-ordered delinquent girls ages 12-21, works to avoid most visible signs of security. But it makes use of its rural location—set just beyond the center of town in Sheridan, Wyo., abutting the town’s small airport runway—both for security and pedagogy.
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Student Well-Being Photos Learning in a Corrections Facility: A Day at Wyoming Girls School
A stay in a corrections facility—often hours away from home, school, and everything familiar—is a shock to the system for any student.
Education Week Photo Staff, March 6, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Leadership, Sexism, Girls, and Education
There are good reasons why educators, more than most, have a responsibility to find where the 'isms' hide within them and how they become visible to others.
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers, October 1, 2017
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Educating Girls To Be Entrepreneurs
As educators and leaders, we must tell stories about successful social entrepreneurs, so that when someone says the term "entrepreneur" we are as likely to think of Sarah Kauss and her S'well bottle as Steve Jobs.
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers, October 25, 2016
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Eight Reasons to Empower Girls in Schools: Educators should embrace the educational value of youth activism, especially for female students, urges Colby College’s Lyn Mikel Brown.
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Eight Reasons to Empower Girls in Schools
Educators should embrace the educational value of youth activism, especially for female students, urges Colby College’s Lyn Mikel Brown.
Lyn Mikel Brown, October 11, 2016
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Education Opinion Girls Score Higher on Technology and Engineering Test
Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reveal that 8th grade girls scored better than boys on an assessment focused on technology and engineering.
Matthew Lynch, June 7, 2016
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School Climate & Safety Video Terri N. Watson: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools
According to federal data, black girls are suspended at a rate that is six times higher than that of their white female peers. Black girls receive harsher criminal sentences than their white female peers do in the juvenile-justice system, and they also represent its fastest-growing population. Researcher Terri N. Watson explains how schools contribute to the statistics by treating black girls as obnoxious and problematic students, instead of celebrating them for being strong and principled. Education Week Video
June 2, 2016
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School Climate & Safety Video Shaun R. Harper: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools
Most of the discussion around the disproportionality of black students’ suspension or expulsion from K-12 schools has focused on boys. Only more recently have researchers begun to surface the numbers of black girls who are subject to severe disciplinary measures in schools, including by school resource officers. Education Week Commentary sat down with researcher Shaun R. Harper at the 2016 American Educational Research Association conference to discuss his perspective on this crisis. Education Week Video
June 2, 2016
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Equity & Diversity Video Bettina Love: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools
According to federal data, black girls are suspended at a rate that is six times higher than that of their white female peers. Black girls receive harsher criminal sentences than their white female peers do in the juvenile-justice system, and they also represent its fastest-growing population. Researcher Bettina L. Love discusses how the schools attended by African-American girls who live in poverty are often low-performing and too focused on discipline. Education Week Video
June 2, 2016
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School Climate & Safety Video Adrienne D. Dixson: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools
According to federal data, black girls are suspended at a rate that is six times higher than that of their white female peers. Black girls receive harsher criminal sentences than their white female peers do in the juvenile-justice system, and they also represent its fastest-growing population. Education Week Commentary sat down with researcher Adrienne D. Dixson at the 2016 American Educational Research Association conference to discuss how schools operate on the assumption that students of color and low-income students of color need to be heavily disciplined. Education Week Video
June 2, 2016
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