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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: Meet the Bronx Educator Who Uses Hip-Hop to Teach Science

As a science teacher in the same school system where I attended elementary and high school, I have noticed a significant lack of engagement and what many call an aversion for learning science among Black male students.…

By Edmund Adjapong

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

VIDEO: I Fight Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline for My Students and for My Husband

Every day during the week I teach Black and Brown kids at a school in the ’hood. Then every Saturday or Sunday I visit my…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Aug. 29, 2017

One-Size-Fits-All Isn’t Working for Boys of Color. Here’s How We Fix It.

What if school was centered and designed around the needs of all students? It is a fairly simple question that seems to have a very…

By David McGuire

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Posted Aug. 17, 2017

Chicago Teens Spend Their Summer Beautifying the City ‘One Block at a Time’

A group of Chicago teens are spending their summer building and designing signs for their neighborhood block clubs. Traditional block clubs are groups of people…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted July 27, 2017

Indianapolis School District Uses Food Truck to Give Thousands of Students Free Lunch

For some kids in Indianapolis, access to quality food doesn’t seem to be an option during the summertime. It’s why the Indianapolis Public School District…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted July 21, 2017

I’m the Crazy Mom Teachers Dread, But This One Won My Heart

I won’t forget the first day my son walked into his pre-K classroom in the fall of 2016. Filled with anxiety, I did the same…

By Vanessa Bell

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Posted July 12, 2017

You’ve Heard About the Achievement Gap. Here’s 10 Ways Communities Can Help Close It.

During the new millennium, the United States faces a vital challenge—the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap between Caucasian and minority students, specifically, students…

By MDonnell Tenner

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Posted June 29, 2017

Ever Seen a Black Boy Superhero?

Dion Steele, principal of Urban Prep Academies’ Englewood campus, says he has “500 sons, and three daughters at home.” Urban Prep is the nation’s first…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 28, 2017

These Stories About Bad Principals Will Piss You Off and Then Hopefully Make You Want to Do Something About It

I’ve had bad principals. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a teacher who hasn’t. The job of a principal is almost aggressively impossible—to act…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 22, 2017

How Do We Support Black Male Students? Start by Acting on Their Feedback

While 85 percent of White students in Seattle earn a high school diploma each year, only 65 percent of African-American students in the district earn…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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