TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools is calling on parents and families to “stop the holiday drop” in student attendance and to make sure that children are in class on time every day. The district is also reminding parents that classes continue through Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, with the winter break beginning on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Classes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.
I have a difficult time hearing that a local charter has a majority white teaching staff while serving a majority African-American student body. It reminds me of an excerpt from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery.
“These gentlemen seemed to take it for granted that no coloured man suitable for the position could be secured, and they were expecting the General to recommend a white man for the place.” – Booker T. Washington
“One of the things we really strive to do is have instructors that look like our children. We feel that it is very important in building the bonding relationships that will last a life time. We have quite a few male teachers and a lot of them are ministers and they a huge impact on the young men as well as the young women.” – Ms. Cherly Henderson is a History Teacher at Langston Huges Academy.
Last night, in partnership with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and Kara Kelty, we had a small gathering of Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni in our home to discuss the state of education in OK and how we might best advocate on behalf of all our children. We had two elected leaders in the house – our city councilor, Vanessa Hall Harper, and School Board member and TFA alum, Amy Shelton.
Don’t Just Focus on Abolishing the School-to-Prison Pipeline. We Should also Build the School-to-Activism Pipeline
On November 17, 1967, thousands of Black high school students and community members demonstrated in front of the Board of Education Building at 21st and the Parkway for the inclusion of more Black studies in the curriculum. This demonstration was met with the full repressive power of the Philadelphia Police Department, an action led by them Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo. Dozens of Black youth were jailed and/or hurt – some injured by Frank Rizzo himself.
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Please, feel free to comment on our Facebook page and share the post. Diversity in education is essential. Our children deserve to see all colors represented in education. After all, it is the world they will someday adopt from us.
When you talk about transforming a narrative and changing a narrative, that is not something that you get to say and then just watch happen. It is a day by day, decisions by decision battle that you have to have internally with yourself, you have to have with the students in your classroom, and you have to have with the families that are bringing these students into our building every day.
SPORTS – Dominic A. Durant
During 2016 Reed Community Foundation provided after school care for 32 children a daily average who needed a safe and fun place to go until a parent or caregiver could take them home. They got a healthy snack to tide them over, and plenty of exercise. In fact, one mother called Coach Reed and asked, “What are you doing with those kids? My son is so tired when he gets home he just wants to eat and go straight to bed. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!”
Okla. — Let’s be Frank! What happened this past Tuesday at the Oklahoma state capital was pretty f–ked-up. Once again, state legislators had the opportunity to halt the pedagogue brain-drain that has haunted the state since 2008; but of course, Oklahoma leaders voted against a revenue bill that would have given state teachers their much needed and well deserved, although minuscule, pay raise of $3,000.
This history of exclusion and lack of social, cultural, and economic reinforcement is still influential for students of color as Tierney (2002) explains that integration into the institution’s environment and academic success can be exceedingly difficult, especially at majority white institutions.
Research indicates that Black students are underrepresented in Advanced Placement and gifted programs, but overrepresented in special education and discipline referrals.
Charter schools are public schools. They are an alternative attempt at leveling the playing field and curbing the school-to-prison pipeline, a pipeline that seemingly counts the number of students who can’t read by grade three and simultaneously projects the number of beds and prison space that must be built to accommodate the superficially educated.
By Orisabiyi Oyin Williams Last week, I had another opportunity to volunteer with Tulsa Change Makers. The teenagers in my group attended Hale High School and were the most brilliant kids I […]
Black students matched to black teachers have been shown to have higher test scores but we wanted to know if these student-teacher racial matches had longer-lasting benefits. We found the answer is a resounding yes,” said co-author Nicholas Papageorge of Johns Hopkins. “We’re seeing spending just one year with a teacher of the same race can move the dial on one of the most frustratingly persistent gaps in educational attainment — that of low-income black boys. It not only moves the dial, it moves the dial in a powerful way.