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Posted July 21, 2017

I Am That Crazy Mom Teachers Dread, But Here’s How This One Won My Heart

I won’t forget the first day my son walked into his pre-K classroom in the fall of 2016. Filled with anxiety, I did the same…

By Vanessa Bell

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Posted July 21, 2017

Have You Heard of ‘Racial Crossfit?’ Try This Summer Workout

White people, with all the racial turmoil in our world, do you want “do something” about racism? Well, today is your lucky day! Debuting for…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted July 21, 2017

My Students Think That ‘Being an Author Isn’t Really for Black People’

Recently, I worked with a group of middle school students on an extended-day literary magazine publication. We discussed potential careers that the experience could prepare…

By Syeita Rhey-Fisher

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Posted July 20, 2017

These Boys Are in Juvenile Detention. Here’s How I Help Them See the Opportunity for Hope.

As an educator for 18- to 21-year-old boys at our county juvenile detention center, sorrow often feels like a constant companion. There are days when…

By Melissa Marini Švigelj-Smith

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Posted July 20, 2017

We White Dudes Can’t Meet Our Students’ Needs Alone, We Need Teacher Diversity

An amazing thing happened in my classroom this year, and it had nothing to do with me. I was blessed with both a remarkable student…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 19, 2017

Students With Reading Disabilities Deserve the Magic of Books Too

Exciting. Delightful. A joyful experience for the mind and soul, escaping into other worlds. This is the power of reading. Frustrated. Discouraged. Feeling like a…

By Basilisa Perkins

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Posted July 17, 2017

The Only Special Interest Group We Represent Is Our Children. Period.

At the end of the 19th century, the famous Nicaraguan writer, poet and journalist Rubén Darío wrote, “Si los perros ladran, Sancho, es señal que…

By Rodolfo Aguilar

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Posted July 14, 2017

When You Come at the Mom-in-Chief, You’d Best Not Miss

No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it is especially annoying when the…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 13, 2017

Dear Betsy, You Need to Get Serious About Addressing Sexual Assault

Dear Betsy, I think you’re having kind of a tough time in your new role. You’ve got a non-existent relationship with the press, you were…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted July 12, 2017

The Only Thing I Want to See Melting This Summer Is My Ice Cream Cone, Not My Kid’s Brain

Yeah I know, the last thing most of us parents want to do during summer is think about school. We just want to enjoy time…

By Bernita Bradley

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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