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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

4 Things Every Teacher Needs to Know Before Going Back to School

Back-to-school time is a hectic and often stressful part of everyone’s year. Students, parents and teachers alike are bombarded with lists of what and what…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

4 Things Every Parent Needs to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School

Back-to-school time is a hectic and often stressful part of everyone’s year. Students, parents and teachers alike are bombarded with lists of what and what…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Aug. 11, 2017

10 Ways Teachers Can Be All in Like Jon Snow This School Year

(Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. But like from Season 6, so no excuses; play like a champion.) There is this shot in the penultimate episode of…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

It’s Gonna Take A Miracle To Keep My Kid in Chicago Public Schools All Year

It’s August, yet it’s chilly enough in Chicago to roast marshmallows. That’s what some friends from our daughter’s preschool invited us to do over the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

7 Back-to-School Things That Drive Parents Crazy

Look, I’ve been in your worn out shoes with the holes in the big toe area. For most Nashville public school families, the countdown to…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted May 26, 2017

Sometimes Your Kids Can Be What It Takes to Go Back to School for the Third Time and Graduate

Like many first-generation college Latinx students, Priscila González struggled through her freshman and sophomore years at Chicago State University. She struggled with managing time, learning…

By Claudia Alvidrez

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

Why Chicago Should Take A Deeper Look at Those Rising High School Grad Rates

Just in time for back to school, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the class of 2016’s graduation rate: 73.5 percent, a new high. The…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

3 Things This Back-to-School Season

As I reflect on the beginning of the school year, I think about the various experiences I’ve had that have shaped me as both a…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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