Posts from December 2015

Posted Dec. 31, 2015
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A New Year, a ‘New Deal’ to Save Lives

We’re leaving the South Side church after Arne Duncan’s last speech as U.S. Education Secretary, and my daughter remarks, “He’s not what I expected. He…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 30, 2015
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The Mom Lens Matters Too, Even When It Comes to TFA

In reading through the usual vitriol over Teach For America (TFA) in a variety of blogs, traditional media pieces, and on Twitter, it occurs to…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 30, 2015

Here’s How a Great Teacher Is Using Common Core (Yes, I’m Biased)

Not a day can go by without someone criticizing the Common Core State Standards or blaming the Common Core for all that ails our public education system. And while assessments are usually the prime target for Common Core haters, the standards’ emphasis on non-fiction texts have drawn greater scrutiny in recent months. No, Eduflack isn’t going to (AGAIN) rise the defense of Common Core and all that it stands for. Instead, I’d just like…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Dec. 29, 2015
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How Will Every Student Succeed?

The Every Student Succeeds Act has passed; the shift to more local control is on the way. Now, the question arises: How should states and…

By Linda Taylor, Howard Adelman

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Posted Dec. 29, 2015
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Why Schools Should Be More Like Trader Joe’s

Prior to becoming a special education teacher in the Bronx through New York City Teaching Fellows, I was a novitiate store manager at a Trader…

By Mark R Anderson

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Posted Dec. 28, 2015
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How This Arizona Teacher Is Building a Solid Foundation of Understanding for Her Students

The shift from Arizona’s former content standards to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards has been an exciting journey for me. As a first-grade…

By Dayna Burke

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Posted Dec. 23, 2015
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VIDEO: These Boston Charter Schools Are Getting Great Results With Great Teaching

The stats at the beginning of this video are enough to blow you away. But it’s hearing the voices of the students and teachers themselves…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 23, 2015
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This Military Mom Is Right Where She Needs to Be This Holiday Season

As a military member and a parent, the holidays can bring mixed feelings. I am a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, and sometimes my…

By Yasmine Muhammad

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Posted Dec. 23, 2015
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This Educator’s Christmas Wish for Teachers in Chicago

When the final dismissal bell rang on Friday, it marked the official start of the holiday break for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Kids poured out…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Dec. 22, 2015
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VIDEO: Guns Down, Books Up

The message is very clear: Pick up a book and stop the violence.…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability, choice and even merit pay.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching or my classroom, I turned…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

By Tafshier Cosby

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