Posts from May 2017

Posted May 31, 2017

We Used to Be One of the Worst Schools in California. Not Anymore.

With high suspension rates, low achievement scores and ineffective teachers, Pacoima Elementary had the dishonor of being one of the worst schools in California. So…

By Sylvia Fajardo

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Posted May 31, 2017

Meet the Chicago Senior With $1.6 Million in College Scholarships

I have been thinking about college since my elementary school days at Frazier Prep, a charter school on Chicago’s West Side, where every classroom is…

By Desmond Cain

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Posted May 30, 2017

Everyday My Teachers Show Respect and Set High Expectations Because They Believe in Our Ability

When you first step foot onto the commons area of my school on these early mornings, you’ll see a large group of students—some half asleep,…

By Malique McCoy

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Posted May 30, 2017

Criminalizing Students Isn’t Helping Anyone, Here’s How Restorative Justice Can Help

During my second year in the classroom, I had a student I’ll call Dylan. He was aggressive, disinterested and disrespectful. He was also malnourished, homeless…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted May 30, 2017

It’s Hard to Get a Teaching Job When You’re Black

Is it possible for a school to change the trajectory of low-income Black students’ lives while denying people who look like their aunts, uncles, mothers…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 30, 2017

This Teachers Union Might Have More in Common With President Trump Than They Think

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) recently rejected the opportunity to offer congratulations to the National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee. Why? For the sole…

By Martha M. Walz

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Posted May 26, 2017

Sometimes Your Kids Can Be What It Takes to Go Back to School for the Third Time and Graduate

Like many first-generation college Latinx students, Priscila González struggled through her freshman and sophomore years at Chicago State University. She struggled with managing time, learning…

By Claudia Alvidrez

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Posted May 26, 2017

I’m a Confident, Straight-A College Student But I Wouldn’t Be Here If It Wasn’t for This Community

My involvement in OneGoal over the past four years has taught me many lessons. However, the one that stands out most vividly to me is…

By Isabel Garcia

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Posted May 25, 2017

Only 6 Women Were in This College Class and One of Them Was My Mom

In September of 1955, Gertrude Mary Long, better known as Gigi, started her freshman year of college at Lowell Technical Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts. (That’s…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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