Marching Closer to Our North Stars: Notes on Education for Liberation

Too many of us educators have been given a pass in relation to our obligation to help end the suffering of hurting women, men, and children languishing across the globe. Their screams to us for justice are shrilling, piercing through the night air like the shadows of bullets cutting through Black and Brown flesh—innocent people […]

Unmasking the Linguistic Policing of Black and Brown Children in Today’s Schools: A Call to Action

Make no mistake: Black and Brown students are “stopped and frisked” relentlessly in schools for their linguistic and cultural identities.1 It is not hyperbole to assert that they are under linguistic surveillance. Many well-intentioned teachers in today’s schools enact pedagogies that dishonor Black and Brown students’ heritage languages, and I attribute this to an unflagging […]

Prototype: Colin Kaepernick, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Treatment of Black Boys and Men

On Friday, September 22, 2017, in a last-ditch effort to support Republican Senator Robert Strange (who currently occupies the senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions), the U.S. president asked a crowd of Alabama on-lookers if they would “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that […]

#BlackLivesMatter, Schooling, and The Miseducation of White People

Many of us laughed (sometimes nervously) and cringed while watching Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. This fictional horror movie depicts a young Black man who goes with his White girlfriend to her family home for a weekend. What ensues is sheer revelation. It is here that we catch a glimpse at what it means […]

Floodwaters that Linger: Examining the Inequitable Impact of Natural Disasters on Vulnerable Children

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is battering Caribbean islands and is taking aim at South Florida.  Two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast, crippling coastal communities and creating unprecedented flooding in Houston, Beaumont, and surrounding areas. The floodwaters continue to linger, as rivers and bayous are so swollen with runoff that […]

Without Sanctuary: Diego Ismael Puma Macancela and the State’s War on Vulnerable Students

Ossining High School senior Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was arrested in his home and taken to a deportation center on Thursday, June 8th—just days after his mother was arrested and taken to a deportation center. The high school senior was taken on the day of his prom. Ossining is a suburb in Westchester County, just […]

School Vouchers: What are they, and what does the research say?

The recent appointment of Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education has brought the issue of school choice – and particularly school vouchers – into the forefront of American education policy.  Secretary DeVos is a vocal supporter of school choice policies and, since her confirmation, has advocated for their expansion.  In addition, the […]

City is Trying to Build a Seamless System for Autistic Kids

Back in the early 2000s, autistic children age 5-21 in New York City and elsewhere who were capable of grade level academic work were educated almost exclusively in segregated classrooms with other autistic children. Neighborhood public schools did not accept them – local schools didn’t have the resources, knowledge, training or expertise to meet these […]

The Most Important Three-Word Phrase

The following is the text from a speech delivered by NYU Professor Kristie Patten Koenig at the Doctoral Convocation Speech for NYU Steinhardt, May 11, 2017 First, on behalf of the faculty I would like to congratulate each of you for your accomplishments that we mark today. We celebrate your achievements, we welcome and thank your […]

Common Application Changes: Tips to ensure success for students, staff and parents

  During an era in which educators, parents, and adults alike are working tirelessly to decrease the amount of free time teenagers dedicate to the Web, The Common Application organization intends to utilize this zest for texting, tweeting, and social media (as a whole) by expanding their platform to meet students’ needs, including applying for […]