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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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Spotlight on Equity in the Classroom

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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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Join us for a conversation with researchers and educators to explore how to build bridges, not barriers, to success for English-learners.

Education Week Quiz

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Quiz Yourself: How large is the gap between school demographics and educational content, how can educators support English-Language Learners, and what are effective ways to hire a more diverse teacher workforce?

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The latest civil rights data report finds students of color and those with disabilities are disciplined out of proportion to their numbers in school, and fall short on key educational opportunities.
April 24, 2018 – Education Week
At the heart of the debate is why black students are disciplined at higher rates and the role of federal officials in addressing disparities.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
Public schools need to prioritize social-emotional support and personalized learning for all students, writes educator Jessica Cuthbertson.
March 14, 2018 – Teacher
The lessons many students get on the topic are fragmentary, sentimentalized, or sanitized, argues a 15-state report by a civil rights advocacy group.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
The state is under intense scrutiny about how it plans to hold schools accountable for historically disadvantaged groups of students under the new federal law.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
Exposing students to new language and culture is a worthwhile effort that expands their worldview, writes principal Jack Davern.
January 31, 2018 – Teacher
What is holding American schools back? Here are some urgent concerns the education world needs to address, writes Matthew Lynch.
January 29, 2018 – Education Week
When teachers create flexible learning environments, they support all different types of learners, Kyle Redford writes.
January 24, 2018 – Teacher
Angel Magana faces many hurdles in his quest to become a teacher. Luckily, he has a small army of supporters to help him and other young Latinos.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
With debates on DACA, the program that protects some undocumented immigrants, in full swing, educators weigh in on how lawmakers should move forward in the coming weeks.
February 7, 2018 – Teacher

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