UNCF Releases New Resources for Students, Parents and Community Members

Brochure outlines resources and tips for getting into college and advocacy toolkit provides effective strategies for community-led advocacy in the current K-12 education landscape With only seven percent of black students performing at or above proficient on the 12thgrade math NAEP exam in 2015, compared with 32 percent of white students, UNCF—the preeminent voice in African American education—continues to expand its efforts by providing tools and resources to support a college-going culture…. Read More

Reorganizing for New Orleans College Prep

New Orleans College Prep may lose Sylvanie Williams Elementary, due to a potential low letter grade from the state.  The network is working to reorganize leadership during this time as well. “Sylvanie Williams was due for its charter to be renewed this year, but a recent slide in its School Performance Score based on test results has called into question whether New Orleans College Prep will be allowed to continue operating it.”… Read More

Preparing a Safe Space for Children

After devastating storms like Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey and most recently, Irma; schools have had to create safe spaces for students to share feelings.  Five steps are provided for effective preparation for children. “I know the feeling of the weight of the world in your hands and the magnitude of the responsibility educators hold to create a safe, nurturing environment for students to grow and thrive, no matter the circumstances.” Read more here

Pro-Charter is Not Anti-Public

By Andrew Pillow If you live in are large city like New York or Chicago you have options about what type of transportation you use. Many find it easier to use the subway and don’t like the hassle of parking so they take the train every day. People who live further out or prefer solitude in their morning commute often find that they prefer to drive. Both of these options have their… Read More

9/11 Through the Eyes of Educators

By David McGuire Tragedy teaches us that in unity there is strength. Tragedy has a way of making people forget about their differences in the pursuit of a common goal. It was Martin Luther King that said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Through tragedy we often see the very best in people. There are events, especially… Read More

Beyond DACA: Their parents are dreamers too

  I sometimes feel a little uncomfortable telling people I have family members who have come here illegally to the United States. I wonder if they will judge my loved ones because they did not “wait in line” or do things the “right way.” Some of them do not speak English and they are working in jobs that might have gone to Americans, so I hesitate to reveal this information. Whether or… Read More

Three Questions Every Teacher Should Answer for Their Students

By David McGuire Now that Labor Day has passed, many Indiana students have been in school for about a month and the honeymoon stage of the new school year is over. Students are settling into their schools and teachers know their students pretty well. The excitement of the new school year is over and now the work has truly begun. As teachers begin to hit their stride, they must remember three questions they… Read More

Is it DREAM deferred or a DREAM deterred?

By Shawnta Barnes You may say that I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one “Imagine” John Lennon When I wrote “Defend DACA; don’t rip away the dream” I hoped President Trump would prove us wrong and choose not to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented during the Obama Administration, but unfortunately that wasn’t the… Read More

Harvey’s TRUE Impact

Hurricane Harvey ravished Texas and surrounding Gulf areas.  The real impact on students may not be realized for years to come.  Keeping students in the classroom will make all the difference in the world in student success and longevity. “It was a disaster of such a magnitude that I think the effects are going to have to be measured not across the years but really across generations, because children lost so much… Read More