Category: Students

When it comes to equity and inclusion, students can teach us a lot

Nearly three hours after the final bell rang throughout the halls of several Denver high schools, class was just beginning for a room full of educators in the Denver Public Schools. Leading the night’s lesson were the students, eleven brave individuals from the Young African-American and Latinx Leaders (YAALL), a group formed in response to a study by Dr. Sharon…

These students know exactly what makes their school a place of opportunity for all students regardless of zip code or country code

Recently the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder awarded South High School in Denver a Gold award through its Schools of Opportunity Recognition Program. The program recognizes public high schools that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to equity and excellence by giving all students the opportunity to succeed. But if you really want to to know what…

I spent MLK Weekend differently than some, but it was special nonetheless

On the third Monday of the year our country comes together to pause and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thousands brave the winter elements to walk in marades, visit his monuments and reflect on “the dream.” Others commemorate the day by volunteering—challenging themselves to answer what King deemed life’s most persistent and urgent question:…

The Real World for Black Parents, Teachers and Students in America

This is the true story of 40 strangers picked to meet in a park, talk together and have their conversations taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real… on education. Okay, so this isn’t an episode of The Real World, and the MTV series that sparked a reality television revolution probably isn’t recording…

I may be a student, but I know about the achievement gap

Have you ever heard of the achievement gap? Many minority students such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans usually fall lower in test scores and grades compared to their white and Asian counterparts. Every column, blog, or article that I’ve read on this topic has information that has never come from a African-American, let alone an African-American male teen standpoint.…