Our Kids Deserve Real Literacy Plans, Not Plans to Have a Plan

As education advocates, we fight for so many things, but they all boil down to one goal: ensuring the educational system works for all kids. That means schools must produce measurable outcomes in teaching and learning.  Across the country, more than 60% of fourth-graders...

Pharrell’s Used to Being Different, Now He’s Opening a School to Help Kids Do the Same

Musician and producer Pharrell Williams is getting into the education game. He and his YELLOW philanthropy organization have announced they are opening a private school in Norfolk, Virginia, for low-income families.  The school, which the Virginia-Pilot reports will initially serve students in grades three...

Meet the 13-Year-Old University Student Studying Physics’ Biggest Mysteries

Have you ever met a 13-year-old you know is going to change the world? That’s the case of Elliott Tanner, a physics student at the University of Minnesota—remember, he’s 13—who joined Haley Taylor Schlitz on the latest episode of “Zooming In w/ Gen Z,” powered by Citizen...

Dear Black Teachers, We See You

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.—Henry Adams    At the Center for Black Educator Development, we believe that the impact of a great teacher is everlasting and lifesaving.  So, to all...

We Never Learned About Black Wall Street. So, What Else Is Missing From Our Curriculum?

Did you ever learn about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa, Oklahoma Massacre? I know I did not. It was not until I was an adult. Did you learn about the Rosewood, Florida Massacre in school? I didn’t, but I know about it because of my dad....