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Emily Wilson is a freelance writer who teaches basic skills at City College of San Francisco.
How Ethnic Studies Programs Boost Academic Performance of At-Risk Youth
Posted on: Mar 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet
It's proven: Instead of focusing on the dominant culture, programs that reflect a more diverse world can help keep teens in school.
The Problem with the 'Failing' Schools Label
Posted on: Sep 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The measures that lead to a school being designated"failing" can have little to do with what's actually happening in the classroom.
New Program Takes Rare Approach of Treating Homeless People Like Human Beings—And It Works
Posted on: Sep 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet
A new program moves homeless encampments into a safe, clean space with food, laundry, showers and case workers who care.
Why There Are High Rates of PTSD In This Teacher's Classroom
Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Children in some communities have higher rates of PTSD than veterans. Here's what one teacher is doing to help them thrive.
Actress Anna Deveare Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Posted on: Jul 22, 2015, Source: Truthdig
Her latest show explores how poor minority kids are being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system.
Why This Man Left His Hip Hop Group to Become a Cop
Posted on: Sep 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet
He thought about his decision for a long time, and in 2010 enrolled in the police academy.
'Pretty Much a Catastrophe': Anna Deavere Smith and the Disaster of the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Posted on: Jul 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The playwright takes to the Yerba Buena stage on July 17 to unmask zero-tolerance policies.
What Made the Chicago Teachers' Strike a Success? Their Commitment to the Community
Posted on: Apr 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The dramatically victorious strike showed it's possible for unions to fight back and to win.
Educators at Rural School Suspected of Targeting Native American Students for Harassment
Posted on: Feb 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet
California's Department of Education has agreed to investigate allegations of unfair treatment of Native American youth.
What It's Really Like to Be a Black Student at an Elite Private School
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A conversation with the makers of the new documentary, 'American Promise.'
The Huge Growth of MOOCs Threatens America's Great Public University System
Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Online courses will create a two-tiered system, with the wealthy taking classes face-to-face and making social connections, and middle-class and poorer students learning remotely.
The Human Face of Student Debt: A Conversation With the Filmmakers of 'Default'
Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A documentary on the student loan crisis lends a much needed perspective on the cost of educational debt.
Listen, Whitey! Talking With Author Pat Thomas About the Black Panthers
Posted on: Mar 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The writer of a new book on Black Panther culture speaks on researching his project, Occupy, Huey Newton, and more
A Disappointing Daughter? Interview with Acclaimed Comic Shazia Mirza
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Speaking with the Pakistani-British comedian about her journey from biochemistry to cracking jokes.
Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries: Talking with Vanessa Roth, Director of New Documentary "American Teacher"
Posted on: Sep 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet
A new documentary, narrated by Matt Damon and based on a book by Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari, shows another facet of the troubles teachers in the US face.
Man Beats His Girlfriend With a Bullwhip and Molests Her Children -- And She Gets Life in Prison After He Is Killed?
Posted on: Aug 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Speaking with Debbie Peagler's lawyers and documentarian about getting her out of prison for a second chance.
Songs in the Key of Strife: Michael Rapaport on His New Documentary
Posted on: Jul 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The actor/director and Tribe member Phife Dog discuss "A Tribe Called Quest," a new documentary about the fabled rap group.
Turning Stories Into Communities: Interview with Playwright Anna Deavere Smith
Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The groundbreaking playwright speaks about her latest work.
Selling Out to Prove a Point: Morgan Spurlock on His New Film, 'POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold'
Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The 'Super Size Me' director discusses the making of his corporate-sponsored documentary about the nefarious presence of corporate sponsorship.
Politically Active Filmmaking: A Conversation with Director Jy-Ah Min
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet
How a former activist/organizer parlayed her politics and hip-hop background into a compelling 'remix' of Godard's 'Masculin/Feminin.'
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