Sean “Diddy” Combs Set to Open Harlem Charter School Fall 2016

Sean “Diddy” Combs hasn’t forgotten about the neighborhood in which he was born. Born in Harlem and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Combs is bringing a new school to Harlem. In the fall of 2016, the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open its doors. Combs, a mogul in the media, fashion, and music industries,…

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Should a Man Who Openly “Hates” Black Women Really be a Principal?

This article originally found at Clutch Magazine Online Being an educator in a school means leaving whatever personal opinions you have at home, and coming to school with an open mind and an open heart. It means that you have to teach about diversity, and treat every single person with respect. That’s how we raise…

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Right or Wrong? Teacher Gets Fined for Showing Video of ISIS Beheading in Class

Alexiss Nazario, a middle school teacher in New York City, was fined for showing students a video of an ISIS beheading. The video was shown to students at the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media. It is reported that the actual beheading was blacked out, though students said that the severed head could be seen…

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Children’s Report Cards Now Featuring BMI Scores: Is this Fair?

This article originally found at Madame Noire Report Cards. Most likely the bane of every child’s existence. I know that even though my grades were going to be good, I was still nervous. However, nowadays there are some schools, New York City being the first place to do so, at which children have BMIs (Body…

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Say That, Eric Thomas!

Eric Thomas is a motivational speaker with a story worth sharing. He went from being a homeless and fatherless high school dropout fighting to survive the streets of Detroit, to a earning a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. His story is so inspiring that his motivational speaking engagements often command a paycheck…

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Two Overlooked Keys to Academic Success: Social and Emotional Learning

By Felicia Williams Reading, writing, arithmetic, science, and social studies – those are the go-to classes for most students, but what about social and emotional learning? How, and where, does that fit into a curriculum? The reality is those components are sometimes overlooked in the classroom, but an article co-authored by Roger Weissberg and others…

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Common Sense Has Left the Building & Stupidity Has Taken Over

English teacher, National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee, Kennedy Center’s Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award recipient – sounds like the ideal teacher, right? Why then is Mr. Tom Porton, an educator with 45 years of teaching, retiring? He said it is because school is no longer pleasant and that it is not the way it…

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We are a Nation of Overmedicated Children

This article originally found at http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-america-overmedicating-poverty.html As a parent, when it comes to what goes into my son’s body, it takes a lot of thought. Is this right for him, will this make him better, is it a necessity? When he was over a year he was teething, and we had never given him anything,…

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Helping Your Gifted Child Thrive

This article originally found at http://www.blackenterprise.com/education/young-gifted-black-4-ways-to-support-your-gifted-child/ My son just turned two. I always hope that he is like me and is a gifted child, but you can never tell. But when you figure it out, how do you support these children who are gifted? How do you help them excel and succeed at a pace…

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