The Other Legacy of Brown v. BOE: The Removal of Black Teachers by Rann Miller

Thanks to Rann Miller for another fantastic guest post.  Increased attention has been given to the need for more Black teachers in public schools. Scholars and journalists alike have offered evidence that show the importance of Black teachers; to Black students in particular. Math and reading achievement is significantly positively influenced by the race/ethnicity of … Read more of The Other Legacy of Brown v. BOE: The Removal of Black Teachers by Rann Miller

Camden Roundup: from Coates to Costco, Camden High to Holtec

Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates challenges me. He is among the writers that have pushed me furthest out of my comfort zone, and among the writers that have helped me make the most sense of what I see in my studies here in Camden. All of that said, go read his article feature The First White President. It’s … Read more of Camden Roundup: from Coates to Costco, Camden High to Holtec

Camden’s Day-to-Day Competition for Students

There’s a new normal in Camden. Advertisements for charter schools at bus stops. Jockeying over buildings as schools close. Whispers that schools are sorting into a pecking order. Even a group of charter schools opting out of the universal enrollment program, and facing fierce criticism from the school district. While the pace of school closures, … Read more of Camden’s Day-to-Day Competition for Students

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