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July 08, 2020

Future Teachers Mistake Black Students as 'Angry' More Than White Students, Study Shows

Prospective teachers, most of whom are white, are more likely to identify Black children as angry, even when they're not. They don't make the same mistakes for white children.

June 29, 2020

Survey of Mostly-White Educators Finds 1 in 5 Think Textbooks Accurately Reflect People of Color

When asked how much the textbooks they use "accurately and fully reflect the experiences of people of color," one in five educators said "a lot," according to an EdWeek Research Center survey.

June 18, 2020

Why These Teachers and Students Want Juneteenth in the Curriculum

The day has long been celebrated by black communities in the U.S., but it's still a topic that many students and teachers say isn't covered in K-12 schools.

June 12, 2020

Merriam-Webster is Rewriting Its Definition of Racism. Should Teachers Change Theirs, Too?

The dictionary is getting an update, to make it clear that racism goes beyond personal prejudice. Educators say the change is significant—but that students' understanding of racism shouldn't stop at the dictionary definition.

June 02, 2020

15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest

After nearly a week of protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, teachers are looking for lessons they can use to help students process this moment. Education Week compiled a list.

June 01, 2020

'Teachers Cannot Be Silent': How Educators Are Showing Up for Black Students Following Protests

Teachers are tasked with helping their students work through their feelings about the protests and police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other unarmed black men and women.

April 17, 2019

Black Students Say Their P.E. Teacher Asked Them to Play 'Slave Games'

This incident is the latest in a string of newsmaking lessons on slavery this year—lessons that students and parents have called out as racist and harmful to black students.

January 29, 2019

When Majority-Black Classroom Has a White Teacher, Punishment May Be More Common

White teachers in majority-black classrooms initiate more negative, highly charged interactions around behavior than white teachers in predominantly white classrooms and black teachers in majority-black classrooms. That difference may be hurting black students' academic performance, found a new study.

November 03, 2018

Idaho Educators Who Dressed Up as the Border Wall Put on Administrative Leave

After photos surfaced of staff at dressed in Halloween costumes as Mexicans and a border wall bearing the slogan "Make America Great Again," the employees responsible won't be returning to their classrooms on Monday.

November 01, 2018

Are Parents OK With Talking About Race in the Classroom? Teachers Are Unsure

In a new study, most teachers said they thought race should be discussed in the classroom, but that they didn't know whether parents would be in favor of those conversations.

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