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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

For Most People the MLK Holiday Is a Day Off, But for Me It’s a Day On

AmeriCorps member Jarrett Jones will be spending MLK Day giving back to his community. Along with over 1,000 volunteers, Jarret will be a part of…

By Jarrett Jones

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Posted June 22, 2016

Why Teachers Win When Textbook Giants Fail

Teaching geometry changed my life. As a first-year math teacher at Exploris Middle School in North Carolina, I was dependent on my textbooks. My lessons…

By Eric Westendorf

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Posted May 9, 2016

We Can’t Let Our Children Fall Into the Belief Gap

I was in 10th grade when I looked my high school guidance counselor right in the eye and said firmly, “I’m going to college.” She…

By Lauren Casper

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016

We Can Learn Many Things From These Schools. ‘Separate But Equal’ Isn’t One of Them.

I recently learned that my work has been used as justification by school officials who advocate deliberately concentrating poverty in a few schools. My reaction…

By Karin Chenoweth

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Posted Mar. 23, 2016

Coffee Break: Alabama Teacher of the Year on the Importance of ‘Schooling’ Legislators and Challenging Students

National Public Radio recently featured Jennifer Brown’s 10th-grade science classroom for a lesson that was focused not on students, but on lawmakers. The Alabama Teacher of…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 11, 2016

What We Know: Our Students’ Ability to Achieve is Only Limited by Our Own Investment in Their Success

Nate Bowling is the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Washington state and he uses his platform to write about what he sees and what he knows about educating kids well. In his most recent piece, he reminds us that student potential is really only limited by the investment, or lack thereof, by the adults. They are literate, but the ways in which they are literate aren’t measurable by our assessments. There’s an academic vocabulary gap, not and…

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Posted Mar. 4, 2016

John King Will Be a Secretary of Education Who Refuses to Make Children Wait for the Education They Deserve

According to John King, “the best ideas come from classrooms not from conference rooms.” I couldn’t agree more, nor could I be more confident in…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

A Long Island High School Where ‘You Never Run Into a Closed Door’

The first time Dr. James Hunderfund entered Malverne High School, the hallways felt “hostile.” “You didn’t want to stay in one place too long,” he…

By Karin Chenoweth

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

John King Is a Leader Who Knows Firsthand the Power of Great Schools

John King knows that a great school can make the difference between hope and despair for a child. He became a teacher because his life…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 23, 2016

Sure, We Need Data, But We Also Need to Value Teachers and Students

Today, Chicago Public Radio and the Better Government Association reported that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made significant adjustments to the high-school graduation numbers that senior leaders and…

By Ray Salazar

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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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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