Here’s How Teachers Can Tell The Truth About Columbus

When I invite teachers to rethink how they teach Columbus at our semiannual UnColumbus Day Symposium in Philadelphia, many teachers think it’s not for them. “I don’t teach about Columbus. I don’t even mention him.” They tell me. “I just say, ‘I’ll see you Tuesday!’” 

Black Boys Don’t Need More Discipline, They Need Mentors

When I first met Chris, he was quiet—I could tell he was trying to figure out who I was, and who I could be in his life. The stories I heard about Chris did not align with the boy in front of me. I was told he...

Your Hispanic Heritage Is More Than Just a Month

We can all agree that education is important for ourselves and for future generations, even though we can't seem to agree on much after that part. We argue over school choice, teacher pay, state testing and curriculum, and sometimes it feels like we will never get to...

It’s Time for Schools to Start Talking to Students About Vaping

A middle-aged man passed away in St. Louis from a lung illness tied to vaping last week. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this is the 8th confirmed death tied to e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, the CDC only expects this number to rise. Electronic cigarettes or “E-cigarettes”...

5 Steps Every School in the Country Should Take to Address the Youth Suicide Epidemic

I lost my only child to suicide on February 6th, 2019. She was only 13 years old. With the end of September last week came the end of "National Suicide Prevention Month," but the truth is, this work cannot be limited to one...