Posts from July 2016

Posted July 29, 2016

I’m Inspired by So Many Students But the Kid Who Tried to Kill Me Inspires Me Most

I was recently asked which of my former students most inspired me. I have literally thousands to draw from for both good and heart breaking…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted July 29, 2016

We Can’t Keep Ignoring the Suburbs and the Black People That Live in Them

L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy first came to my attention at this spring’s Education Writers Association (EWA) national conference in Boston, where he served as a panelist talking…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted July 29, 2016

How My Faith Led Me to Help Close the Achievement Gap in Our Public Schools

As my first group of students walked into my classroom in Compton, California, one student stood out: Brandi. She had a bright smile and beautiful…

By Nicole Baker Fulgham

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Posted July 28, 2016

We Need to Talk About Race Before Our White Teachers Can Support Our Black Children

When it comes to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, it’s no secret there is a glaring difference in cultures between those who teach and those who…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted July 28, 2016

There’s an Obama in My Classroom—and Yours, Too

I came home from Bible study last night and turned on the TV. The president was onstage at the Democratic National Convention speaking with the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 28, 2016

I Supported Hillary Before It Was Cool. Now I Hope She Does the Right Thing By Kids

I went on record as a Hillary Clinton supporter before it was the cool thing to do. Now I hope that Hillary will return the favor…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 28, 2016

Supporting Teachers in Pre-K Classrooms Can Pave the Way for Brighter Futures

I’ve seen the rapid growth of early childhood education in my professional life, both in my previous career as an educator in New York City…

By Carole Friedman

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Posted July 27, 2016

Reading a Report Card Shouldn’t Be Like Playing a Game of Twister

America doesn’t have a good relationship with color-coded systems as previous experiments have shown, but apparently that isn’t stopping the California State Board of Education…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 27, 2016

Coffee Break: Supt. Charlotte Ciancio on the Power of Unified Vision, Cutting-Edge School Choice, and Community Trust

On the northern edge of Denver sits a cutting-edge school district that has made remarkable progress over the past decade in serving primarily low-income families. Charlotte…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 26, 2016

Here’s How You Can Support Students of Color Who Have Disabilities

The intersection of race and disability is often forgotten, minimized or ignored, especially in the lives of African-Americans and African-American students. A 2016 press release…

By Damiana Dendy, Lauren Mims

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Posted May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end to school shootings. It’s time…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 18, 2018

Want Safer Schools? Listen to the Wave of Student Voices.

In recent months, hundreds of thousands of students from across the United States made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with.…

By Jimmy Simpson Jr.

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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