John B.

Guest Blogger


Chicago, Illinois

John B., 17, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and recently graduated from high school. He is active in his School of Rock performance band and is part of a punk band called No Pulp. He plans to major in creative writing and hopes to attend Columbia College in Chicago.


Posted June 24, 2015

My Journey to Acceptance: A Transgender Teen Reflects on His Schooling

I always knew it, even though I didn’t have a name for it for a long time. “I a boy!”…

By John B.

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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