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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

-Frederick Douglass

BE Smart > K-12

The Charter School Debate Continues in Wake of American Federation of Teachers President Controversy

I wrote a short piece in the January/February issue of Black Enterprise, the deck of…

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Here’s How the Every Student Succeeds Act Could Help Gifted, Black Students

Gifted, honors, AP, and International Baccalaureate programs may become more diverse nationwide if requirements of…

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Lawyer Turns Back on Lucrative Career to Teach Low-Income Kids of Color

Here’s a really heartwarming story about a successful lawyer who gave up the high-salaried life…

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Harvard to Do (Yet Another) Preschool Study

Although the Harvard study is described as “groundbreaking” and as having potential to affect national…

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500 Young Men Get Jobs On the Spot

Last week, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosted its Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men…

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The Fellowship Initiative Puts Young Men of Color on the Road to Success

The Fellowship Initiative, a program of JPMorgan Chase & Co. that creates economic opportunity for…

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Improving Education Options for Children of Color

“They need to be taught school behaviors, new norms—and tell them why. I look for…

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Succeeding Against the Odds—Graduating from High School in the Nation’s Capital

“We need as many voices as possible. Principals, nonprofits, students, parents, and the community all…

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Move Over, Bedtime Story – Make Room for Bedtime Math

Summer is traditionally a time of summer reading lists—but have you ever heard of a…

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Dr. Dre Invests $10 Million in Compton Students’ Future

Although at least one online reader complained that the artist isn’t underwriting the building of…

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Should We Take Online High School Courses Offline?

Teachers are important, and even good technology is no substitute. When I wrote recently about…

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Teen Scientists Do Real Science at American Museum of Natural History

Last week I was thrilled to attend the fourth annual Student Research Colloquium of the…

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The ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation Keeps Making Dreams Come True

When I attended the I Have A Dream Foundation’s annual Spirit of the Dream Gala…

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New York State Votes to Shorten Common Core Testing Days

I’m for high expectations of all kids, coupled with abundant academic support within a context…

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When Troubled Students Are Seen as #SadNotBad

Read how 5 charter schools in New Orleans have exchanged 'no excuses' for 'trauma informed.'…

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Black and Latino Parents See Disparities in Education

The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research recently released their second annual…

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Susan L. Taylor to Be Honored by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps

Taylor told me that “We are among the most fortunate [people of African descent] in…

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High School Diploma? I’ll Take an Associate Degree with That!

One solution? Early college high schools like IBM’s P-TECH and those developed by Bard College,…

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Where Are the Black Teachers?

In spite of the benefits of having black teachers, their number has been declining at…

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Your High School Grad Not Ready for College? Have Them Do This

Not everyone is ready for college directly after high school. College requires an investment of…

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