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Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo is a journalist, playwright and photographer whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wirecutter, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America and The Christian Science Monitor. He has been a regular contributor to The Hechinger Report since 2017. A former musician and composer, he is a graduate of New York University and is always happy to weigh in on just which of Miles Davis’ classic quintets was the best.

Recent Stories

Teachers go to school on racial bias

Boston-area schools are leading a shift toward culturally responsive teaching. Educators say the resulting conversations about race are difficult, uncomfortable — and absolutely necessary

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

In Silicon Valley, cash-strapped schools are selling bonds to buy student laptops

Access does not equal equity

In New York City’s highly segregated school system, some schools are embracing diversity through mastery-based learning

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist visits a first-grade class at Penn Elementary School.

Switching sides in the teacher wars

In Rhode Island, Deborah Gist was an education reformer pushing school accountability. Then she came to Oklahoma, where the biggest challenge is getting schools the basics.

School founder Howard Fuller visits with students at the Milwaukee Collegiate Academy charter school.

Segregated schools are still the norm. Howard Fuller is fine with that

A longtime advocate for black-controlled schools in Milwaukee found an unlikely home among conservatives pushing school choice

At The LINC High School, students Jose Vasquez, Sevonne Brockington and Anjeline Genao review a video project in the school's digital lab.

Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix

Can the long-struggling Philadelphia school system change how we measure success by focusing on meaningful work instead of test scores?

Using vocational education to teach academic courses

Debating whether kids need hands-on training or academic rigor misses the point; two schools embrace the idea that to thrive, students need both

City Year volunteer Shawn Wiyninger greets a student at Webster High School.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

School partnerships at a Tulsa high school combine relationship-building with data analysis to boost graduation rates

Benito Juarez Community Academy serves 1,800 students in Chicago’s lower West Side neighborhood.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

Plagued by decades of low performance and gang violence, a Chicago high school reinvents itself with skills-based learning

Meadowbrook High School students entering the school’s Colt College center, where they can take tuition-free college courses without leaving the campus.

Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared

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