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Education news, analysis, and opinion about how race and racism affect schools and how they are taught about in schools
A person pays his respects outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022.
A mourner pays his respects outside the scene of a racially-motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.
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School Climate & Safety Grief, Anger, Fear: How Teachers Can Help Students Cope With the Buffalo Shooting
After a gunman killed 10 people in a racist attack, teachers again wrestled with how to explain hate and mass violence to students.
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As her pupils bend themselves to their books, teacher Marie Donnelly guides them along in their studies at P.S. 77 in the Glendale section of Queens, New York, Sept. 28, 1959. In her 40 years of teaching, never has Donnelly had so many African-American students in a class. The youngsters were bused to the school from Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, a predominantly black neighborhood where schools are overcrowded. P.S. 77, which had an enrollment of 368 all-white students, can handle 1000 children comfortably. Parents in the Queens neighborhoods objected to influx, but the children themselves adjusted to one another without incident.
A white teacher teaches a newly integrated class at P.S. 77 in the Glendale section of Queens, N.Y., in September 1959.
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Teaching Profession Q&A 'Brown v. Board' Decimated the Black Educator Pipeline. A Scholar Explains How
A new book digs into a lesser-known and negative consequence of one of the nation's most significant civil rights milestones.
Madeline Will, May 16, 2022
9 min read
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Teacher Preparation Opinion Make Teacher Prep Practical, Not Theoretical
Ready teachers for the rigors of the classroom—how to plan lessons, differentiate instruction, and all the elements of educating students.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 16, 2022
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The Supreme Court in Washington, Dec. 3, 2021. The Supreme Court has turned away a plea from parents to block a new admissions policy at a prestigious high school in northern Virginia that a lower court had found discriminates against Asian American students.
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Dec. 3, 2021.
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Law & Courts Conservatives’ Checklist: U.S. Supreme Court Education Decisions to Overrule
Here are five education issues that could be targets for reconsideration if Roe v. Wade falls.
Mark Walsh, May 11, 2022
3 min read
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Law & Courts Leaked Abortion Draft Has Supreme Court Education Cases in Political Cross-Hairs
Conservatives have taken aim at decisions on educating immigrants, race in admissions, and religion. Liberals have some cases in mind, too.
Mark Walsh, May 10, 2022
8 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How to Train an Anti-Racist Teacher: 9 Practical Takeaways
Professional development is often long on theory, short on practice, writes teacher educator Traci Dennis. Here are ways to overcome that.
Traci Dennis, April 12, 2022
4 min read
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Equity & Diversity Q&A Why Schools Need to Talk About Racial Bias in AI-Powered Technologies
Digital Promise and the Edtech Equity Project aim to certify products that prioritize racial equity when using artificial intelligence.
Benjamin Herold, April 12, 2022
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Curriculum How Prevalent Are Book Bans This Year? New Data Show Impact
Two million students in 86 school districts have had access to books restricted due to book bans, according to a report by PEN America.
Eesha Pendharkar, April 7, 2022
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Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson arrives to meet with Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., in his office on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Washington.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson arrives to meet with Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., in his office on Capitol Hill on March 29.
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Law & Courts Ketanji Brown Jackson Proved Lightning Rod for Republicans on Education Issues
Jackson, confirmed in a 53-47 Senate vote, was the subject of GOP members' hot-button school concerns.
Mark Walsh, April 6, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The Anti-Racist Counternarrative Public Education Needs Now
In the face of a national movement to discredit public education, educators must respond with our own movement prioritizing anti-racism.
Gregory C. Hutchings Jr., April 6, 2022
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Student Well-Being Teen Mental Health During COVID: What New Federal Data Reveal
The CDC finds high school students with close school relationships or virtual connections were less likely to report mental health concerns.
Evie Blad, March 31, 2022
6 min read
Equity & Diversity Webinar United We Learn: Honoring America’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Education
Explore evidence-based practices that reduce bias and promote positive student identities.
March 29, 2022
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Curriculum Opinion Ignoring Racism in Schools Actually Increases Prejudice
Good intentions aren't enough to address race and racism in schools; good practice is.
Ross Wiener & Francesca López, March 29, 2022
5 min read
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Social Studies Louisiana's History Standards Got a Closed-Door Rewrite. What's In and What's Out
Amid a volatile debate over how to teach about America's racist past, state officials fundamentally altered educators' proposed standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 24, 2022
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