Posts from June 2015

Posted June 30, 2015

These NYC Parents Say ‘Enough is Enough’

For years, P.S. 289 George V. Brower School, a New York City public school, has been failing the children of Crown Heights. Thankfully many of…

By Tenicka Boyd

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Posted June 30, 2015

An LGBT Educator Who’s Not Too Proud to Keep Fighting

We have turned the tide. We have made progress in this country. Well, at least on one front. Gay marriage has been legalized, yet this…

By Dinah Consuegra

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Posted June 30, 2015

This New Orleans Museum Shows the Horrors of Slavery Through the Eyes of Children

Thirty-nine miles from New Orleans, there is a remarkable place known as Whitney Plantation. Of the thousands of tourists and conventioneers who spend time in New…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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Posted June 30, 2015

Note to U.S. Congress on ESEA Rewrite: Take a Tip From the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

After I read the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on Friday, I couldn’t stop thinking about the pending reauthorization of ESEA, newly christened the Every…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 30, 2015

Creating Teachable Moments Around Racism

We refuse to acknowledge that racism and classism are woven throughout every institution within our country, even within policies that govern our public schools. I…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted June 29, 2015

‘Treated with a Lack of Dignity’: What Message Are We Sending Students?

Videos showing the abuse and mistreatment of young people of color by law enforcement are becoming far more commonplace than they should. Watching the cell…

By Erika Beltran

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Posted June 29, 2015

A Graduation That Taught Me to See My Students’ Resilience

My favorite event of the school year is graduation. But it’s not the graduation you are picturing. I love the graduation ceremony of our local…

By Chase Mielke

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Posted June 26, 2015

Taking a Pulse on Common Core

Amidst the low buzz of student discussion, five sixth graders in the back of a classroom tried to figure out how Anita, the protagonist in…

By Jessica Box

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Posted June 26, 2015

Katrina+10: Acknowledging Success and the Work Ahead

This week, thousands of school leaders, teachers, advocates and policy-makers gathered in New Orleans for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual conference. While…

By Eva Kemp-Melder

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Posted June 26, 2015

A Matter of National Security: Improving K-12 Education for Military Families

The U.S. Army is deeply concerned about K-12 education standards. If U.S. soldiers are left with no other option than to place their children in…

By Jim Cowen

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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