Zachary Wright 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zachary Wright, a national finalist for the United States Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship is an assistant professor of practice at Relay Graduate School of Education serving Philadelphia and Camden. Prior to that, he was the 12th-grade world literature and AP literature teacher at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus for the last eight years, teaching the school’s first eight graduating classes.

Over his more than 10 years in Philadelphia classrooms, he was named Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2013 and has participated in the fight for equal education funding by testifying before Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission as well as in the state house rotunda in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Posted June 11, 2020

From West Philly to the Jersey Suburbs, We Can All Take Steps to Change the World

I remember my years at The University of Vermont (UVM) in the early 2000s as days of idealism—passionate people driven…

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Posted Apr. 28, 2020

Don’t Let Them Fool You: The FCC Has Done Nothing New to Connect Kids

They almost had me. After weeks and weeks of working and fighting for the FCC to guarantee the educational rights…

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Posted Mar. 31, 2020

Millions of Low-Income Students Are Being Denied Access to Internet

Access to public education is now a fundamental right. All 50 states mandate public education in their state constitutions. Once…

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Posted Mar. 13, 2020

If We’re Going to Be Home From Work, We Might as Well Make a Difference

Due to Covid-19, whether we want to or not, our work lives may have to be a whole lot closer…

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Posted Mar. 5, 2020

We Need to Stop Pitting Cash-Strapped Schools Against One Another

Imagine a dinner table laden with food and drink, covered end to end with the finest china, porcelain and crystal.…

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

Here’s How We Can Attract, Prepare and Support Teachers to Improve Student Outcomes

Becoming a teacher isn’t sexy. For one, there is no economic incentive; for many people, completing teacher preparation programs means…

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2020

Think Education Is a Public Good? Think Again.

Education ought to be a public good. And it never has been. Most Americans want education to be a public…

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the panacea for educational inequity.…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the…

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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Posted June 23, 2020

Gianna Was Right, Her Daddy Changed the World

Four weeks ago, a Black man was lynched. In 2020. I remind myself of that fact each day so that I do not forget what…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 26, 2020

This Moment Demands a New, Race-Conscious Approach to Education

All across the country confederate statues are coming down, schools and road names are changing too. In my home state, New Mexico, we’re beginning to…

By Danielle M. Gonzales

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