Posts from December 2016

Posted Dec. 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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