Posts from October 2017

Posted Oct. 31, 2017

I Didn’t Just ‘Settle’ for Teaching, I Joined TFA Because I Wanted to Teach

It is no secret that teachers in the U.S. are underpaid for one of the hardest jobs available, if not the hardest. I remember telling…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Oct. 31, 2017

Just Because You Don’t Have Papers Doesn’t Mean Your Dreams Stop at High School

Way back in 2004, long before the Obama administration implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), I studied Spanish with Yesica, a woman from my…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

Millions of Meals, Miles and Toilet Paper Rolls Later: Why I Work in School Operations

As chief operating officer at the School District of Palm Beach County, I knew we would face a hurricane sooner or later—the only question was…

By Donald E. Fennoy II

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

VIDEO: In Oakland We Believe in the Greatness of Our Black Male Students

Imagine walking into a school every day and being taught by someone who looks like you. Imagine that person shares your upbringing, the music you listen to, or simply represents a living roadmap to the future—a walking embodiment of success.…

By Bankh Akintunde

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

If You’re Thinking About Becoming a Principal, You Should Read This Letter

Dear Future Principal: As you slog your way through classes that will directly affect your future work as a principal, I need you to remember…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

This Chicago Program Is Making Sure Families Know Their School Options

When we policy wonks talk about school choice, mostly we talk about big-picture ways to make choice more available, like creating charter schools or offering…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 29, 2017

Episode 03: Why We Need More Black Male Educators (ft. Sharif El-Mekki and Vincent Cobb II)

Hear from Black male educators from around the country on why they came to The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening in Philly and what we can do to get more Black male educators in the classroom.…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 28, 2017

When We Look Closer at the Results in Newark, the Arrow Is Unquestionably Pointed Up

Neerav Kingsland, in my estimation, is one of the premier thinkers (and doers) in the field. His notion of “relinquishment” as an organizing strategy for…

By Chris Cerf

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Posted Oct. 27, 2017

I’m a White Male Teacher Teaching Black Kids and We Have to Talk About That

It happens every year. One day, in my classroom in a school that serves a nearly 100 percent African-American population, perhaps after we analyze a…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Oct. 27, 2017

The Story You Haven’t Heard About Why They’re Banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Mississippi

I’ll admit it. When I first heard of the Biloxi, Mississippi junior high school board’s decision to stop teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” my first…

By Gina Caneva

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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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