Posts from September 2017

Posted Sep. 29, 2017

Reject the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

(Trigger warning: This essay contains a bleeped, profanity-laced rant that may cause you to question your most deeply held beliefs.) It’s not often I cite…

By Ian Rowe

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Posted Sep. 29, 2017

When We Didn’t Find the Right Public School on Chicago’s South Side, We Chose Private Instead

As first-time parents, my husband and I were tasked with the difficult decision on where to send our son, Kamren, to school for pre-K. Sadly, we…

By Regi Brown, Keishawnda Brown

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

My Daughter Is Getting a Quality Education and I Don’t Have to Pay the Cost of Rent for It

Quality education is extremely important to me, that’s why my daughter is in kindergarten at KIPP One Primary school in Chicago. The public school that my…

By Maria Anderson

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

Sometimes You Gotta Check Your Teacher Friends on Their Social Justice Activism

One late Sunday evening, I was scrolling through Facebook and decided to check on one of my friends and former colleagues. I went to his…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

A Commitment to Justice: Educator to Educator

Recently, I thought about what accountability looks like between educators. I thought about what I hope other educators will hold me accountable for and what I…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

High Hopes Despite Low Expectations: Welcome to Oklahoma

For education reform to flourish, you need political leadership to change laws and policies, educational leadership with a clear vision for change, community leaders tirelessly…

By Erika Sanzi, Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

We Can Be a Nation of Dreamers and a Nation of Laws

On a hot day before the end of the school year, I sat in my classroom with Wajid, a tall and reedy senior who had…

By Josh Kaufmann

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

You Can’t Deny Our Stories. We Are First-Generation Students Organizing for a Revolution in Our Schools.

For first-generation college students, having to overcome some adversity is often a common shared experience. Despite the challenges we have faced, being able to sit…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

How to Manage a Classroom of Students of Color When You’re Not a Black Woman

Classroom management is every teacher’s sword and shield as they embark upon the journey of preparing new students for a year in their class. We…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

Parents Do Care, They Just Have to Work, Too

When parents have to work two or even three jobs at a time to make ends meet, their schedule is stretched tight. Many times they…

By Cindy Borbon

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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