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6 Times Teachers Got Real and Told Us What We Needed to Hear in 2016

As a teacher, I understand the power behind using our voices but I also know that speaking up as a…

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Posted July 13, 2016

Coffee Break: Nashville’s Wendy Tucker on Why She Advocates for Special Education, Parents and Marathons

Wendy Tucker is the co-CEO of Project Renaissance, a Nashville-based nonprofit striving to double the amount of high quality schools…

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Posted July 6, 2016

In Memphis, Teach For America Is More Diverse and Local Than Ever

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported on the 10-year anniversary of Teach For America (TFA) in Memphis. It was fascinating…

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Posted May 19, 2016

This Nashville Teacher and Dad Is Living Proof of the Importance of School Choice

School choice isn’t just about charter schools, but allowing students to attend the schools that help them thrive, regardless of…

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Posted June 11, 2015

Here’s What Happened During My First Year of Teaching

I made it. I completed my first year of teaching as a special education teacher at a North Nashville middle…

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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…

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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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