Tag: Black students

Wake Up America! Black Children In Low Income Communities Are Being Negatively Impacted by Gentrification.

In this country we turn a blind eye to a lot of the challenges Black children face. Unfortunately, many of these challenges begin in failing schools primarily located in lower income communities. In Atlanta, there are a lot of questions and conversations about the state of public education for Black children and school closures . In order for us to…

There’s a Right and a Wrong Way to Engage Black Parents in Student Achievement.

Family engagement is not a top priority for school districts, but it should be, especially for students of color and their families. We cannot continue to have underperforming schools and low parent engagement. Excuses about parents not being involved no longer fly, or being okay with bare minimum parent involvement by pointing to having a PTA is also not acceptable.…

My Black Students Have Learned to Be Wary of People Who Look Like Me, And That’s Not Racist

Jay Wamsted has taught math at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta for fourteen years. His writing has been featured in various journals and magazines, including Harvard Educational Review, Mathematics Teacher, and Sojourners. He can be found online at The Southeast Review, Under the Sun, and the TEDx YouTube channel, where you can watch his 2017 talk “Eating…