Alice Pettway

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Alice Pettway

Alice Pettway is the managing editor for Teaching Tolerance. Prior to joining SPLC, Alice taught secondary school in rural Mozambique for two years. She has nine years of editing and writing experience and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing. She is a former Lily Peter fellow, Raymond L. Barnes Poetry Award winner and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. 


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Stand Up for ALL Girls Seeking Education Three weeks ago, armed men in military uniforms entered a school in Nigeria, told the several hundred young women studying there that they were in...
Father to School Board: Shed KKK Moniker! When Omotayo Richmond drops his daughter off at school, he must watch her walk under a large sign emblazoned with the name Nathan B. Forrest—...
Women’s History Month Opens Path to STEM It never occurred to me as the young child of a physicist that I belonged in the world of science and technology any less than my brother. Only when...
Helping Students Navigate a Violent World There is no greater blow to a society than when its children are harmed.  Today, we are reeling. This morning, a man walked into Sandy Hook...
Let Your Students Weigh in on Mix It Up Mix It Up at Lunch Day has been the subject of much conversation this week. From the New York Times to the Colbert Report, adults have been weighing...
Stories Show We Are One Nation Indivisible Susan Eaton and Gina Chirichigno have been fighting social inequity for years. Everywhere they went, they heard the same thing from schools and...
End Out-of-School Suspensions Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), together with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign, launches Solutions Not Suspensions, a national...
Summit Illuminates Immigrant Student Bullying Last week’s Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C., shone light on an often overlooked group—immigrant students. Khin...
How Many Studies Does It Take? Every time a new study is released showing black students are suspended at far higher rates than any of their peers, the public seems shocked. Words...
I Can See Clearly Now Students who don’t see well don’t learn well. There may be a place to buy eyeglasses in every mall, but for many children, a visit to the eye doctor...
Teacher Blocks ‘Deviant’ Atheist Club When JT Eberhard of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), an organization providing support to nontheistic students, received a letter from a teacher...
Are Your Students Targets of Racial Profiling? It’s summertime, and students have replaced class time with free time. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, parents and teachers are painfully...
Bring Social Justice Poetry to Your Classroom Poet Adrienne Rich once asked: How can we connect the process of learning to write well with [a] student’s own reality, and not simply teach her/him...
Teacher Fired over Trayvon Martin Fundraiser What do you do with a teacher who provides students with authentic learning opportunities? A teacher who invests her own resources to support...
Will We Learn from Trayvon Martin’s Death? Editor's Note: Please note that events may have changed since this story was written. The empty space left by the death of a young person seems...
LGBT Students Are Still at Risk On Monday, LGBT students’ rights were vindicated in a comprehensive settlement with Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District over its policies that...
Dissent or Disruption? Schools have a responsibility to maintain a safe learning environment for all students—this seems on first examination a simple enough statement. It...
Can Student Activism Break Free from Facebook? A group calling itself “Passive Activism” claims on Facebook that it’s dedicated to “spreading awareness about people who spread awareness, rather...
A PFOX in Sheep’s Clothing Can you imagine buying groceries if boxes of sugar were labeled "peanut butter" and ice cream cartons read "chicken noodle soup"? You may laugh, but...
Join Tucson’s Fight for Desegregation Mention school desegregation, and most people envision the Little Rock Nine—not the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). But Tucson is exactly...
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In Good Faith Illustration by Anita KunzWhen Jodi Ide, a teacher at Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, approached her principal about teaching a world...
Move to the Music Teachers don’t typically encourage students to bring iPods to school, but when a girl in Ken Giles’s class brought him “One Tribe,” a song by the...
Once Upon a Time in America Everyone loves fairy tales—the easily identifiable villain, the flawless hero and, of course, the happily ever after. So it’s not surprising that...