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Posted Apr. 29, 2016

Here’s How It Feels to Watch Your Students on #CollegeSigningDay

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out a closet in my house when I stumbled upon a folder full…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Feb. 5, 2016

It’s Not About TFA, It’s About the Work and the People

Over seven years ago when I received my offer to join Teach For America in Nashville while sitting in the…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Sep. 25, 2015

Does Teacher Professional Development Really Have to Be So Bad?

For children, the beginning of the school year typically means new teachers, new classmates and new lessons. For teachers, a…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

3 Things This Back-to-School Season

As I reflect on the beginning of the school year, I think about the various experiences I’ve had that have…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

Cut the Budget and You Cut Opportunities for Teachers and Communities

When I joined Teach For America (TFA) in 2009, I not only became a TFA corps member, I became a…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015

3 Millennials Have A Conversation About This American Life’s Desegregation Episodes

By now, I’m sure you’ve either a) listened to the much-talked about This American Life two-part series on school integration…

By Makkah Ali, Ikhlas Saleem, Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 6, 2015

Third Year’s a Charm: Impressive Gains for Tennessee’s Achievement School District

Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) is showing that our students can rise to incredible challenges and expectations and prove what…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted July 6, 2015

Technology, But Not for All

There hasn’t been a quantum leap in the way we educate kids in some time, but we are starting to…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted June 17, 2015

She Didn’t Know It, But ‘Teaching Was the Path’

There is a growing group of Teach For America teachers that the organization calls second-generation corps members—incoming teachers who were…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted May 1, 2015

LEADing a Pivotal Moment

Today marks the second year that LEAD High School in Nashville, Tennessee has 100 percent of its 2015 graduating class…

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Posted May 11, 2017

It’s Not Just About What Happens in School, After School Matters, Too

President Trump’s “skinny budget” for the coming fiscal year is chock full of proposed cutbacks to longstanding federal programs. But one of his most surprising…

By Jodi Grant

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother would say, “Aunque seamos pobres,…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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