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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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White teachers must confront their biases and reevaluate their instructional practices to ensure they're meeting the needs of students of color, writes Justin Minkel.
August 15, 2018 – Teacher
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will split $2 million to help interns cover living expenses and other costs.
July 26, 2018 – Education Week
Even before teachers get to know their students, they have already formed assumptions about them—and low expectations can set students up for failure, writes Melissa Garcia.
July 25, 2018 – Teacher
Campaigns by states and school districts to persuade more students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid have largely been a success. The problem: too few of those students come from high-poverty schools.
July 25, 2018 – Education Week
A comparison of states' preschool enrollment and test scores, and a deeper look at Tennessee's pre-K program bolster arguments that prekindergarten is not the primary solution to closing the achievement gap.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The guidance emphasized permissible ways for schools and colleges to take race into account to promote student diversity, a subject the U.S. Supreme Court has had much to say about.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
A former leader of a white supremacist group partners with a man whose father was killed in a racially motivated shooting at a Sikh temple to teach students to bridge their differences and learn to forgive.
July 10, 2018 – Education Week
Are nonurban districts doing enough to attract new teachers of color? The superintendent for human resources from one suburban district weighs in.
June 26, 2018 – Education Week
But will reductions in course-failure rates be enough to sustain the controversial San Francisco program?
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Whether it is discomfort or ignorance or a combination of both, many teachers don’t demand enough of their students of color, writes educator Jamilah Pitts.
May 23, 2018 – Teacher

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