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Addressing race in class
How America's teachers are tackling complicated conversations about race and class with students.
Q and A
September 19, 2017
Former Success Academy lawyer hoping to start own charter network wants to ‘take it to the next level’
Emily Kim is still a big believer in Success, but she thinks she has something different to offer.
September 15, 2017
In Harlem, these elders devote their golden years to improving local schools
The Council’s goal is nothing short of “confronting and overcoming racism and classism."
August 18, 2017
How are Success Academy families responding to the network’s leadership drama?
In Harlem on Thursday, Success Academy parents and family members said their reaction boiled down to one thing: Does this affect my child?
August 17, 2017
‘I didn’t feel like I had anyone to ask for support’: Why it matters to have teachers who look like me
Writes a high school senior: "Going into my senior year, I like how diverse my teachers are now, but I wish I’d had the same experience when I was younger."
August 16, 2017
A Queens teacher on Charlottesville: ‘It can’t just be teachers of color’ offering lessons on race
Talking about racism in the classroom is the best way to fight it, she argues.
August 13, 2017
How the education world is reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville — and to Trump’s muted response
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stood out on social media for criticizing what happened but not placing blame on anyone in particular.
August 8, 2017
Critics say NYC’s progressive mayor isn’t doing enough to integrate schools. Here’s why he might be dragging his feet.
It was summer of 2016, and a school rezoning fight was raging on the Upper West Side. The battle over where…
August 4, 2017
What New York City students learned about Christopher Columbus when their own classroom was ‘discovered’
In order to truly integrate, advocates say educators need to take a close look at the lessons they teach.
July 28, 2017
What three New York City teens say about politics today — and getting their peers to vote
Plenty of adults are frustrated with politics these days, when turning on the television or reading the latest news alert brings a fresh jolt…
July 7, 2017
In launching new charter schools, former Success Academy lawyer aims for integration
Given her close ties to Success, Emily Kim’s schools are likely to be closely watched.
haters gonna hate
June 29, 2017
Bronx borough president to high school grads: ‘Start breaking the mold of what the face of techies look like’
The tech industry in New York City has a diversity problem. The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering was launched to help solve it.
June 28, 2017
New York City’s school diversity goals could be met just through changing demographics, report finds
When New York City recently released its plan to spur school diversity, advocates praised the city for setting specific goals while skeptics said…
June 21, 2017
City pols’ report questions the fairness of starting new gifted classes in third grade
Most gifted programs start in kindergarten, with admission based on the results of formal tests.
June 6, 2017
New York City is finally releasing its school diversity plan. Here’s what it says about pre-K and middle school admissions
Whether either change will lead to significant integration is an open question.
moving the needle
June 1, 2017
In push to enroll more poor and diverse students in gifted, one school makes slow progress
Because siblings of current students get priority in admissions, only 20 slots were reserved for low-income students this year.
May 30, 2017
City Councilmen Brad Lander and Ritchie Torres sign on to letter calling for citywide plan to desegregate schools
The city is expected to release a "bigger vision" plan by June to encourage school diversity.
May 25, 2017
Advocates call on Chancellor Fariña to take ‘morally necessary’ steps to end school segregation
The state has one of the most segregated school systems in the country and advocates have been pushing for years for a wide-scale remedy.
By the numbers
May 24, 2017
NYC middle schools, pre-Ks meet diversity targets — and more high schools join initiative to spur integration
The four middle schools in the diversity program all met -- or surpassed -- their set-aside targets in making offers to incoming students.
The big sort
May 5, 2017
Extreme academic sorting brings vastly different graduation rates in New York City high schools
High school graduation rates vary by about 38 percentage points among New York City schools, depending on the school’s admissions method. That’s according…
Teens Take Charge
April 27, 2017
New York City students and podcasters team up to share stories of inequity in schools
Teens Take Charge wants to give students a voice when it comes to issues they know well: what goes on in their own schools.
February 16, 2017
‘It’s not a solution’: How a Harlem co-location proposal is highlighting disparities between two schools
Parents blasted a co-location proposal and accused the department of letting P.S. 36 languish until its space became needed by a wealthier, whiter school community.
February 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs…
the right mix
February 10, 2017
How two Manhattan moms are trying to convince their peers that integration is good for everyone
Their effort is rooted in an understanding of how race and class impact student achievement, and how academic screening can shut vulnerable students out.
the next day
November 9, 2016
‘Will I be deported?’ Inside America’s classrooms in the wake of Trump’s win
After campaign in which Trump talked about ramping up deportations, teachers at schools that serve immigrants faced intensely personal questions.
the day after
November 9, 2016
How educators are handling this complicated, emotional day in America, in their own words
Here’s a glimpse of what the day has looked like so far, from teachers and education leaders who’ve begun to share their thoughts publicly.
September 21, 2016
Terence Crutcher was a KIPP parent, and the charter school network urges action
“This is beyond a tragedy. It is an outrage,” KIPP CEO Richard Barth wrote.
August 23, 2016
On week one after a tense summer, don’t be afraid to tell students: ‘We want to know you’
Save the Common Core for later. Try these writing prompts for new high school freshmen.
August 18, 2016
First Person: At my school, we let students group themselves by race to talk about race — and it works
Affinity groups allow my students of color the experience of sharing a burden — and sharing in the joy and strength derived from a feeling of belonging.
culturally responsive teaching
August 12, 2016
One way Denver Public Schools is addressing race and culture in the classroom
For the first time, DPS is requiring all new teachers to take a three-hour course on culturally responsive teaching.
Anatomy of a lesson
July 25, 2016
How to use history to teach kids about race
In a season of racial turmoil across the nation, one nonprofit organization is pointing teachers to history to help them teach their students about race.
Talking it through
July 21, 2016
Four Memphis teachers share advice for talking with kids about race and equity
At an Aspire Public Schools training, new national tensions over race and equity provide a platform for how to integrate those conversations into the classroom.
July 21, 2016
Fariña: letter to city about race and violence inspired ‘hate mail’
A letter calling for parents and teachers to address issues of race and violence inspired backlash, according to the city schools chief.
July 19, 2016
In a district with segregated schools, program prompts ‘eye-opening’ conversations about race
The Racial Equity Institute trainings, which started in 2014, are one tool the district is using to deal with the effects of segregated schools.
July 19, 2016
It’s about relationships, say Memphis students on race and violence
Amid the national conversation about issues of race, policing and safety, Memphis students weigh in.
July 14, 2016
New York City schools chief to teachers and parents: Talking to kids about race and violence is ‘a moral obligation’
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is formally encouraging local educators to wade in — even if it's hard.
July 11, 2016
How should New York City teachers guide conversations about race and police violence?
“I think educators should be sensitive to not telling students how to feel or how to react to these types of situations,” said assistant principal Malik Lewis.
July 11, 2016
How to talk about race in the classroom? Chalkbeat readers have ideas.
We asked. You answered.
July 11, 2016
First Person: When talking about race in classrooms, disagreement is OK — hatred is not
Last week Chalkbeat asked educators to tell us how they talk about race and cultural differences in their classrooms.
Be bold and be honest
July 8, 2016
Great teachers are experts at difficult conversations. Here’s their advice to America on talking about race.
As Americans struggle to talk about racism this week, who better to ask for advice than teachers? We spoke with seven educators and compiled their suggestions.
July 8, 2016
Aurora superintendent: Schools can’t fix nation’s race problem alone
Munn, one of the state's only black superintendents, shared how schools can respond to larger societal issues.
July 8, 2016
What four recent conversations about race and policing looked like in classrooms across the country
Chalkbeat reporters have been inside schools across the country as a few of those conversations about race and policing have unfolded over the last two years.
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