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Washington Plays Critical Role in Improving School Leadership: An Open Letter to Secretary DeVos and Congress

Dear Secretary DeVos, Sen. Blunt, Sen. Murray, Sen. Alexander, Rep. Cole, Rep. DeLauro, Rep. Foxx, and Rep. Scott, To transform schools, you need strong school ...

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Leading with courage, ensuring demography is not destiny

A fellow principal once called me “brave” for accepting the call to lead a school in East San Jose, California. Not because of the academic ...

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Making every child visible

No child deserves to be seen as a statistic, to be known simply for the color of her skin or her country of origin. At ...

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Talking About Race

Much of coaching is about surfacing what might be difficult to take in or hard to say. To coach is often to voice feedback, observing ...

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#EquityReads2016

From the presidential debate podiums to city streets across America, 2016 was a year of heated discussion and protest about race and culture and the ...

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The Self I Bring: Leading for Racial Equity is Personal

My work in school leadership is personal. When I moved to the U.S. from Ghana at age 10, I came with messaging from my family ...

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Increasing the equity divide, one low expectation at a time

District leaders, how are you ensuring that low expectations for student outcomes are not plaguing the school system and the stakeholders you are charged with ...

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No more missed opportunities

I was presenting at a conference on NYCLA’s recent work around equity when, part way through my presentation, a woman raised her hand and said, ...

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School District Leaders – Say Something

Your school leaders need to hear your voice. The results of our presidential election have created tension in communities across the country. There are likely ...

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Educational equity: Turning passion into action

It is impossible to begin any dialogue today around racial equity without addressing the recent senseless mass shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South ...

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Beyond diversity to equity and opportunity

The events this year in Baltimore, New York City and Ferguson have strengthened my firm belief that schools are one of the most important places ...

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