Posted Mar. 13, 2018

He Was Tortured by Police and Sent to Prison for 24 Years for a Crime He Didn’t Commit. Now He’s Telling His Story to Students.

As a teenager on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, Darrell Cannon learned not to trust the police—a lesson that continues to resonate for young…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 2, 2018

We’re Kidding Ourselves If We Think 90 Percent of Teachers Are Effective

A while back I sat through a professional learning community (PLC) meeting where the other science teachers and I listened to a YouTube lecturer discussing…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Feb. 23, 2018

Here’s What It’s Like to Have a Teacher Think You Can’t Write Because You’re a Black Boy From Trenton

“Can you see me after school about this?” was scrawled across the last page of my essay in that trademark punitive red ink that teachers…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Feb. 23, 2018

I Was Sexually Abused by Another Student and It Never Should Have Happened

In my creative writing class in high school, I envisioned a fantastical future where I worked as a district attorney prosecuting sex crimes and living…

By Michelle Seyler

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

Parents Know the Answers, We Just Have to Listen to Them

For the last two years, New Schools for Chicago has been helping thousands of families on the South and West Sides of Chicago to find…

By Daniel Anello

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

Here’s What Trump’s Words Actually Mean to My Students

As a Chicago public high school English teacher and teacher-librarian for the past 14 years, I often give my students famous speeches to analyze. As…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

What Do We Actually Know About Discipline Reform?

Question: Which does more harm? Over-suspending disruptive kids, which denies them learning time and contributes to the dropout rate. Under-suspending disruptive kids, which undermines the…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Teaching Is Not Like Those Cute Teacher Movies, It Takes Wisdom and Grit

Can I really do this for 30 years? Why isn’t loving them enough? It always worked at camp. My lessons are awesome, so why don’t…

By Sara Amick

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

Some Tips for a White Teacher Trying to Stop Being Racist

I’ve been working hard at anti-racist teaching for over a decade. I’ve learned some things. I see things I didn’t see before. I hear things…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

JAY-Z Says We Need More Therapists in Our Schools and He’s Absolutely Right

JAY-Z was the inaugural guest on CNN’s new weekly “The Van Jones Show.” During the 40-minute interview, JAY-Z appeared deeply introspective, and even courageously vulnerable,…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

Here’s How You Know When You Need to Check Your Microaggressions at the Front Door

If I had money to wager, I’d bet that if you’re a female teacher, this has happened to you. You’re in a meeting and you…

By Shanna Peeples

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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