Achievement Gap

Posted Feb. 16, 2018

I Learned That I Love Teaching While Helping My Own Parents

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Nancy Garcia

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Turns Out Arresting Kids in School Is Totally a Race Thing

I was in my sophomore year at an all-boys’ Catholic high school in the Bronx the first time I saw a school administrator lay hands…

By Stephan Maldonado

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

How You Can Advocate for Your Grandchild at School

I was a product of the early civil rights era. My entire first 12 years of formal education were spent in the segregated public school…

By Sylvia Holt

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

Families in Chicago Just Had a Huge Victory But Now the Real Work Begins

Yesterday, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson announced that three of the four high schools proposed to be closed in the South Side Englewood…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

This Mother, Immigrant and Entrepreneur Is Here to Make the American Dream Come True for Her Family

Sitting down with Brenda Navas and having her walk me through her life was an emotional experience for us both. Brenda and I met six…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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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. 12, 2018

Trying to Talk About the Achievement Gap? Try This.

Politics and education are two of my favorite subjects. It’s neat when I have an opportunity to combine them. I recently listened to a speech…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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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. 8, 2018

Sometimes Giving a Failing Grade Is the Compassionate Thing to Do

I am not a teacher. I am not a principal. I am not a school board member. I am not a district administrator (anymore). What…

By Natalie McKinney

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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

Coffee Break: This Florida Educator Has Opened Her County’s Doors to the World

Leslie Brown is Chief Portfolio Services Officer for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. She is also part of the Future Chiefs program with Chiefs…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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