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Posted Nov. 22, 2017

Achievement Gaps Are Just the Symptom. Opportunity Gaps Are the Real Problem.

We hear a lot of talk about achievement gaps these days, and rightfully so. America has only grown more diverse, but the gaps have barely…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 22, 2017

Coffee Break: Students Have a Lot to Say About Climate Change, and We Should Listen

Young people today are acutely aware of the issues of climate change, because it is within our generation that climate change became an irreversible phenomenon.…

By Charles Orgbon III

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Posted Nov. 21, 2017

It’s Not Enough to Know the Content, Teachers Also Need to Know the Context of Their Students’ Lives

The debate about how to best prepare K-12 teachers in the U.S. over the last 50 years has largely centered on whether theory- or practice-based…

By Jeanette Bartley, Bill Kennedy

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Posted Nov. 21, 2017

My Principal Saw I Needed Compassion Not Punishment, and That Made All the Difference

When I entered Mary Evelyn Castle Elementary School in second grade, it was my third elementary school in three years. We moved for a third time…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Once You’ve Got a Seat at the Table, You Need to Have the Tough Conversations

During my time in school, I only had two Black teachers and they were both female, one in the fifth grade and the other in…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Just Imagine Being a Parent at This School Where Your Kid Was Stabbed to Death

I write from a place of privilege today. I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

School Nutrition Matters. Here’s How Our Schools Can Do Better.

The reason we still serve hot lunch in school cafeterias is because districts nationwide recognize that well-nourished kids are better equipped to learn. The science…

By Jamie Siebrase

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Public Education Is Shortchanging Students and Families in Favor of Politics

When I look at school districts around the country, I see public education becoming more about politics and less about students and families. Increasingly, parents…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Every Time You Misgender a Trans Person and We Say ‘It’s Alright,’ It’s Not

Being misgendered feels like getting stabbed in the back, even when people don’t do it on purpose. I’ve learned to live with that pain, it’s…

By Ash Whipple

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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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