Melody Arabo

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Michigan Teacher of the Year 2014

Walled Lake, Michigan

Melody Arabo has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, both from Michigan State University.

She has been married for 13 years and has three children—an eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old twin boys. In 2008, she was named Keith Elementary’s Teacher of the Year and Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2014.

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Posted Feb. 9, 2015

A Teacher Gets Honest About Common Core: ‘Standing Still Will Never Get Us Anywhere’

No one can argue the value of higher standards. Who wouldn’t want kids to be college-and career-ready? Thus, I have…

By Melody Arabo

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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