Camden City Charter Schools Must Recruit More Black and Latino Teachers – and Retain Them by Rann Miller

A big thanks to Rann Miller for continuing to highlight this issue.  I’ve argued the need for school districts to hire more Black teachers; specifically Black male teachers.[1] My argument isn’t limited to only adding more Black male teachers – but Black and Latino teachers of both as well. My call isn’t limited to where … Read more Camden City Charter Schools Must Recruit More Black and Latino Teachers – and Retain Them by Rann Miller

Unsure About Running the Relay by Rann Miller

Honored to have Rann Miller return to share his latest (you can read his first post on data-driven approaches to hiring teachers of color here): When it comes to education reform where Black and Brown children are concerned, I always ask one simple question: are the best interests of Black and Brown students top priority? In … Read more Unsure About Running the Relay by Rann Miller

Applauding the Camden School District on Suspensions, and Renaissance PR About “No Excuses”

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Allison Steele recently did a lovely feature the Camden School District’s innovative practices on school suspensions. Here’s two key graphs:  Camden is one of a growing number of school districts nationwide that are experimenting with alternatives to suspensions, including training teachers in de-escalation techniques and, in one elementary school, a “calm room” … Read more Applauding the Camden School District on Suspensions, and Renaissance PR About “No Excuses”

Protesting the Democratic Party in a Trump World

I missed a protest on Monday night. I’d hoped to be at the Congressman Don Norcross (D) town hall (one of my students was receiving an award that night and invited me). I was unaware that local activists from NJ Communities United were staging a protest against the Urban Hope Act — a Norcross-sponsored bill … Read more Protesting the Democratic Party in a Trump World

Who Suspends the Highest Percentage of Camden Students? Freedom Prep

There’s a growing consensus that suspending students is extremely problematic. The American Education Research Association sums up the research and critiques with two succinct tweets (h/t Keith Benson, who pointed me towards these):  Researchers have found that being suspended or expelled tripled the risk of involvement with juvenile justice. #AERALectures— AERA (@AERA_EdResearch) April 12, 2017 … Read more Who Suspends the Highest Percentage of Camden Students? Freedom Prep

Have You Considered an HBCU when Recruiting Prospective Black Male Teachers? by Rann Miller

Honored to have Rann Miller return to share his latest (you can read his first post on data-driven approaches to hiring teachers of color here): When it comes to recruiting prospective teachers of color, some school administrators and human resource managers claim that there aren’t enough viable candidates available to hire. When that premise is debunked, … Read more Have You Considered an HBCU when Recruiting Prospective Black Male Teachers? by Rann Miller