The Citizen Recommends: National Black Male Educators Convening

A Mastery principal and advocate hosts a conference to bring together—and grow—the ranks of black teachers

By Sharif El-Mekki

The Anti School Choice Hypocrisy

A Mastery charter school principal calls out his anti-charter friends for denying choice—but only for black students

By Sharif El-Mekki

I Want To Be a (Black Male) Teacher

A Mastery principal and organizer sees progress—and much work to do—in his efforts to recruit effective black male teachers

By Sharif El-Mekki

I Grew Up in the Desert

A high school principal who was a child in Iran reflects on what immigrant and refugee students need most: an education that embraces their difference

By Sharif El-Mekki

Teacher Colleges, We Need You To Step Up

Education schools fail to properly train would-be teachers. A Mastery principal challenges them to do better—or risk failing students, too

By Sharif El-Mekki

Why I Chose To Teach

A Mastery principal reflects on being shot—and then becoming the biggest advocate for youth like his assailant: An educator

By Sharif El-Mekki

The New Mis-Education of the Negro

In the wake of the NAACP’s call for a moratorium on charter schools, a Mastery principal derides the group for selling out black families

By Sharif El-Mekki

An Open Letter from a Principal to the Police

As the school year starts, please remember why you’re here: To protect our students, not harm them

By Sharif El-Mekki

To Educators, A Salute

As the new school year gets underway, a Mastery principal takes us behind the scenes of the hard work that goes into serving kids

By Sharif El-Mekki

Arise, Black Men, and Teach

Only 4.5 percent of Philadelphia teachers are black men. A Mastery principal urges more to heed the call to help build a better nation

By Sharif El-Mekki