Posts from December 2016

Posted Dec. 30, 2016
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Here’s What I Learned After My Son Faced Implicit Racial Bias in Kindergarten

What is implicit racial bias? Implicit bias is the unconscious associations and assumptions made between groups of people which affect the routine classroom and administrative…

By Marta Segura

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Posted Dec. 29, 2016
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I Thought Private School Would Be an Escape From Racial Tracking in My Suburban District, But I Was Wrong

This is the fourth part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, a…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Dec. 29, 2016
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Coffee Break: Santa Claus on All-Nighters, What We Can Do Better for Children, and the Cubs’ World Series Win

Going way back to the days that all of us were kids, one man has been the star of our winter breaks. And he still…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Dec. 28, 2016
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There’s No Excuse for Schools Not to Tackle Teacher Racial Bias

This is the third part of a four-part series on the writer’s experience and research on the achievement gap in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, a…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Dec. 27, 2016
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The United States Is Bigger Than the President. We All Have to Continue to Work Together to Find Solutions.

Like many college students, I felt scared and betrayed by the election of Donald Trump. I am the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, family member to LGBTQ relatives, and a volunteer who helps…

By Mariela Martinez

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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My Former School District Just Made Fighting a Felony, and Here’s the Problem

In 2006, I graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County. Up until I turned 16, and later sometimes to save on gas…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016

Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the country demanding better schools for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016
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6 Times Teachers Got Real and Told Us What We Needed to Hear in 2016

As a teacher, I understand the power behind using our voices but I also know that speaking up as a teacher can be very difficult.…

By Zack Barnes

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016
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16 Students Who Give Us Hope for 2017

2016 was quite a surreal year in many ways, filled with depressing world events, one too many mass shootings, multiple celebrity deaths, record-hot temperatures, bizarre…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016
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Here’s What a Good Student Teaching Experience Looks Like

The most important element of my pre-service teaching experience was my cooperating teacher, Keri Crocco. She welcomed me into her seventh-grade classroom at North Shore…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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