Get Outside the Textbook!

By Felicia Williams A little while ago, I was reading my Facebook timeline when I saw a video clip that claimed students were “freaking out” in the hallway. Naturally, like any nosy person, I clicked the link. To my surprise, the students were “freaking out” over mathematics! J. E. Johnson Elementary School in Mississippi is working outside of…...

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Tips on how to Have Your Child Truly Prepared for College

As we educators look at black graduation rates, we realize that it’s a two-fold situation. black graduation rates have risen over the years, especially for black women, but it is leaps and bounds lower when it comes to those of our white counterparts. The question is not why are our students not completing their education,…

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On The Honor Roll, Yet Failing?

How can students make the honor roll every quarter, but still struggle academically? This video demonstrates how some school districts have decided to change their grading systems, prohibiting failing grades. In one Tennessee school district, no student can receive any grade under 60 percent. Therefore, everyone passes. How does this strategy help students prepare for college…...

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Dealing With White Parents As A Black School Principal

By Giovanni Zaburoni If you’ve ever been a minority working in an all-white environment, you know there are a number of obstacles you have to overcome. The sometimes subtle, but often times overt, comments and actions from your peers may make you feel as though they lack respect for your ideas, perspectives, and hard work. Your…

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Five Ways to Raise Strong and Empowered Young Women (Video)

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Five Ways to Raise Strong and Empowered Young WomenThis entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Five Ways to Raise Strong and Empowered Young Women In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses discuss how affirmations build young women up and increase...

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School Tried To Label Her Son “Retarded” But She Fought Back And Won

Telling parents that their child has special needs can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. In this segment, Christine Jenkins shares her experiences with her child’s school district. The school district labeled her son as “retarded” with behavioral issues. This mother fought the school system back and ultimately moved him to another district where he is doing well.…...

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A Black Community Question: Where are All the Black Teachers?

Ask yourself this question: How many black teachers did you have while you were in grades K-12?  Think about when you were in college? Chances are, if you had more than 3 black teachers during your entire academic career, you were truly blessed, regardless of if you went to school in an urban or suburban setting.…...

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How Has Reality TV Affected Our Children? What Can Be Done?

Have you ever had a conversation with the young people in your life during which you’re convinced they aren’t listening to a word you’re saying? This video can help. Felicia Meadows has 15 years of experience in counseling young people and encouraging them to take control of their careers. In this down-to-earth conversation, Meadows speaks with Dr. Boyce Watkins…...

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Jennifer Hudson Joins the Battle for Equality in Schools for Minority Students

By Evette D. Champion Jennifer Hudson performed at the Stand for School Equality rally on October 7 at the Cadman Plaza in New York. Over 15,000 parents, students, and educators attended the campaign organized by The Families of Excellent Schools in an effort to stop separate and unequal schools all over New York. The American Idol…

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