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Students celebrate diversity through oratory competition

Kayla O’Neal, a fourth-grader at J.P. Starks Math, Science and Technology Vanguard Elementary School, took first place in the 22nd Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, a contest that celebrates cultural diversity in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin ...

Parental involvement at D.C. school in a class by itself

Stepping into the cozy Parent Center at Orr Elementary School in Southeast Washington, D.C., is like grabbing a cup of coffee with an old friend.

Dallas ISD earns high grades on National Report Card

Dallas ISD students made significant gains in eighth-grade reading on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card. Dallas’ gains outpaced those of the nation’s public schools and Texas when compared to 2011.

Grand Prairie ISD expands Fast ForWord

In recognition of the Grand Prairie Independent School District’s exemplary work, it has been selected as a National Leadership Center by Scientific Learning Corp. The district is the first National Leadership Center in Texas and one of only three across ...

As a student, Obama drew inspiration from Mandela

The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation’s first Black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Having access to excellent teachers is civil right

A new study suggests that access to “excellent teachers” should be a civil right and that students should be able to “take legal action” to get better results.

The new Billy Earl Dade Middle School

Two daughters of longtime Dallas educator Dr. Billy Earl Dade joined district officials, parents, students and elected officials on Nov. 8 at the dedication of the new school named in his honor. The new campus combines Pearl C. Anderson Middle ...

Dallas Mavericks Star Vince Carter mentors Dallas youth

Last month, outstanding Dallas area students Dominic Bowie and Charity Garrison thought they were participating in a basketball exercise clinic with their peers, when Mavericks guard Vince Carter, Joseph Braley, manager at Sun Life Regional Group, and Matt Aldridge, Sun ...

It’s elementary: KIPP offers first step in education

Community leaders in Dallas gathered on Oct. 23 to celebrate the opening of KIPP Destiny Elementary, a new public charter school in South Dallas. The school will be located at 3663 Camp Wisdom Road.

Dallas ISD teacher evaluation proposal

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles informed educators, parents and community stakeholders about the district’s proposal for a new teacher evaluation system, named the Teacher Excellence Initiative, on Nov. 12 at the African American Museum.

Nas introduces Hip-Hop Fellowship

Legendary hip-hop lyricist and poet Nas has been chosen to become the face of a new Hip-Hop Fellowship that was founded and developed at Harvard University earlier this year. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship is a new program that was ...

Lil TerRio promotes staying in school

Who would have thought that an overnight celebrity would be from a six-year-old just being himself? With his loving personality, TerRio Harshaw – also known as Lil TerRio – has captured the hearts of thousands around the nation. And his ...

Dumping ‘at risk’ and other negative labels

Although most of today’s headlines focus on Black educational failures, there are many positive achievements by Black students that often go overlooked, according to a new study.

Ford targets HBCU students as part of unique Community Challenge Competition

Are you a student attending a Historically Black College and University who’s interested in giving back to both your community and your university? If so, Ford is inviting you to enter the Ford Community Challenge Competition for Historically Black Colleges ...

The state of Lancaster schools

Lancaster ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael McFarland presented the Lancaster ISD State of Schools report at the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, held Oct. 10 at the Lancaster Recreation Center Grand Hall. Other Lancaster ISD leaders at the event ...