If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

Across the entire United States, there aren’t nearly enough Black teachers inside classrooms.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 7% of…

Posted Feb. 26, 2021

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

Posted Mar. 1, 2021

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

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Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

Posted Feb. 22, 2021

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

Posted Feb. 24, 2021

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

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The Only Cure for White Supremacy Is To Teach Students Real American History

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Posted Feb. 12, 2021

I was gifted an advanced screening of “Judas and the Black Messiah” earlier this week and it affirmed just how much education equals power, while…

Posted Feb. 16, 2021

I came across an image on social media the other day and it made me stop and think. In it, two boys—one white and one…

Posted Feb. 17, 2021

On January 6, as my students were learning about the history of trench warfare during World War I, I had no idea that our own…

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An Inclusive Curriculum Matters All Year Round

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Posted Feb. 3, 2021

President Joe Biden has certainly kept busy during his first days in the Oval Office. He has issued a call for national unity, doubled down…

Posted Feb. 4, 2021

Whether you support your state’s reopening plans or not, the reality is families locked out of learning for nearly a year are getting fed up.…

Posted Feb. 8, 2021

Although the United States has always had a diverse population, public school curricula are overwhelmingly built around a white, male perspective. Students are learning a…

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Black Teachers Should Matter Even When It Isn’t Black History Month

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Posted Feb. 3, 2021

President Joe Biden has certainly kept busy during his first days in the Oval Office. He has issued a call for national unity, doubled down…

Posted Feb. 1, 2021

Here at brightbeam, our North Star is “How Are The Children?” As parents look back over the last nine months of COVID-related school disruptions and…

Posted Feb. 4, 2021

The protests and activism that took place last year had an impact on schools. School districts are adding diversity, equity, and inclusion roles and stating…

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Will Your Black Teachers Still Matter When Black History Month Is Over?

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Posted Feb. 3, 2021

President Joe Biden has certainly kept busy during his first days in the Oval Office. He has issued a call for national unity, doubled down…

Posted Feb. 4, 2021

Whether you support your state’s reopening plans or not, the reality is families locked out of learning for nearly a year are getting fed up.…

Posted Feb. 4, 2021

The protests and activism that took place last year had an impact on schools. School districts are adding diversity, equity, and inclusion roles and stating…

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5 Ways to Make Black Lives Matter at School

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Posted Feb. 1, 2021

*Mic check* (Ahem). Educators: Are you aware that this month is Black History Month? Have you asked your students, specifically your Black students, what they’d like…

Posted Feb. 1, 2021

Here at brightbeam, our North Star is “How Are The Children?” As parents look back over the last nine months of COVID-related school disruptions and…

Posted Feb. 2, 2021

The societal turmoil, protests, and unrest—all a cry for justice. The focus is on Black lives; however, this goes beyond Black lives being protected from…

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Trust Me, You Do Not Want a Q’Anon Believer on the Education Committee

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

Before taking a much needed vacation at the end of last year, I wrote a piece talking about how education for Black kids cannot look…

Posted Jan. 27, 2021

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is highlighting an old, but never out of fashion, kind of public service: Tutoring kids.  The second-term congresswoman tweeted that…

Posted Jan. 29, 2021

From insurrection to impeachment to inauguration—January has been quite a month for current events! And maybe you thought you could safely tune out of politics—at…

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Was DeVos Really the ‘Worst Secretary of Education Ever’?

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Posted Jan. 7, 2021

I sat yesterday after school watching the news, Twitter and my email, mortified by the actions unfolding in our nation’s capital (and across the nation),…

Posted Jan. 5, 2021

Imagine an America where every child is valued at the level their creator intended.  Now, let’s hope together that president-elect Joe Biden’s pick for education…

Posted Jan. 8, 2021

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned last night, citing Wednesday’s putsch at the Capitol, Trump’s incitement of violence, and her concern that “impressionable children are watching…

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3 Tips for Schools Hiring New Teachers to Teach Remotely

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Posted Jan. 4, 2021

Confronted with a pandemic unprecedented in modern life, schools began delivering meals at home, providing free internet and devices, offering mental health supports and developing…

Posted Jan. 5, 2021

Imagine an America where every child is valued at the level their creator intended.  Now, let’s hope together that president-elect Joe Biden’s pick for education…

Posted Jan. 5, 2021

When schools across the nation shuttered their facilities to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, all teachers were forced to make an immediate pivot to…

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