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Fugitive slaves fleeing from Maryland to Delaware by way of the “Underground Railroad,” 1850-1851. Some educators say that classroom simulations of the Underground Railroad and other historical events related to slavery, designed to foster empathy, can actually minimize horrific events.
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Do Simulations Have a Place in Lessons on Slavery?

Some teachers simulate slavery in their classrooms to try to foster empathy. But in practice, many educators say, these activities can minimize horrific events, recreate racist power dynamics, and cause emotional hurt to black students. (March 27, 2019)

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08/15 04:35 pm | A 'One-Size-Fits-All' Approach to English-Learner Education Won't Work. Here's Why | The current system results in less access to academic classes for long-term English-learners, a new study argues, while more recent arrivals sometimes fare better.

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Hidden Inequities
This reporting series highlights some of the unseen disparities that contribute to achievement gaps among students across the nation.

Teaching America’s English-Language Learners
Articles in this special report explore the efforts states and school districts are making to effectively teach English-language learners.

Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep (Audio Series)
The three-part audio series Raising Kings profiles a high school for young men of color in Washington, D.C., where educators devote as much time to meeting the social-emotional needs of their students as they do their academic needs.

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The issue has been followed by education groups who feared the question would harm response rates and affect the allocation of federal school aid.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Municipal leaders in both Chicago and New York are seeking arrangements that are less reliant on assigning local police officers to work in schools.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
The Minneapolis district—with large achievement gaps between white and black students—is enlisting parents from communities of color to help it gather broader and better feedback on how to improve.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Studies Weekly's lessons had hundreds of examples of errors and racial bias, including activities calling indigenous people "troublemakers" and asking students to take the perspectives of slaveholders.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Instead of fixating on the word gap and other false language-skills dilemmas, focus on what's really hurting students, writes Olivia Obeso.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
As schools add more books with main characters of color to their shelves, some teachers are going a step further and examining whether those narratives can reinforce biases.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Three new studies show that a web of factors appear to influence how often black and Hispanic children are identified for special education compared to similar white peers.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Charter schools must be held accountable by authorizers and school districts for how they discipline their students, write two researchers.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
The great sorting of the most talented young people into haves and have-nots starts early and continues into young adulthood, writes Anthony P. Carnevale.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Racist thinking and practices are deeply rooted in many schools, writes Tyrone C. Howard. These five approaches can create a less hostile environment.
May 30, 2019 – Education Week

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