American Dream

Posted Jan. 16, 2018

Going Beyond MLK’s ‘Dream’ and Getting Uncomfortable in the Classroom

In third grade, I remember learning about Martin Luther King. We listened to his “I Have A Dream Speech.” We read about Rosa Parks and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

We Can Be a Nation of Dreamers and a Nation of Laws

On a hot day before the end of the school year, I sat in my classroom with Wajid, a tall and reedy senior who had…

By Josh Kaufmann

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Posted Sep. 22, 2017

I’m Tired and Pissed Off About Our Sorry Education System But I’m Still Fighting

I always thought I was super smart. Until I got to college. Even though I lived in Englewood, one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, I attended…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

As Black and Brown Educators, We’re Coming Together to Support DACA and the American Dream

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources, because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” —Lyndon B.…

By Nina D. Sánchez, Halleemah Nash, D. Nigel Green

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Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Coffee Break: Broward Supt. Bob Runcie on How Public Schools Can Carve the Path to the American Dream

Bob Runcie has led Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (the nation’s sixth-largest district) since 2011, after serving in several leadership positions in the Chicago Public…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

One Progressive Education Reformer’s Manifesto in the Age of Trump

Chalkbeat recently reported about a March meeting of progressive education reformers where former Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged charter leaders to resist the Trump administration’s…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 8, 2017

If We Really Want to ‘Make America Great Again’ We Have to Restore the American Dream

Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan asked recently, “What’s Become of the American Dream,” which she defines as the belief that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coffee Break: Christopher Ruszkowski on the Coffee Shop ‘Post-up,’ the Immigrant Experience and Dinkytown Pierogies

Christopher Ruszkowski has just about a coast-to-coast education reform resume, with stops in Delaware, Louisiana and the Bay Area. He’s now the deputy secretary for…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of affluent homeowners filed their taxes…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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