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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Going From the Bronx to a Suburban Public School Was a Complete Culture Shock

7:00 a.m. Waking up as an 8-year-old, I got out of bed and proceeded to the bathroom to brush my teeth. The entire morning I…

By Zachary Dorcinville

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Posted Sep. 21, 2016

Coffee Break: Jack Elsey on How Choice Changed His Future, Detroit’s Tough Conversations, and a Musical Motown Food Fight

While much of Detroit is seeing a resurgence, its public schools are still mostly a mess. Jack Elsey is a son of Detroit who, as…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 25, 2016

This Is What NYC Parents Are Looking for in a School

There is nothing I want more as a parent than for my children to receive the best education. But when I had to find a…

By Alina Dowe

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Posted Mar. 9, 2016

Pointing Out the Hypocrisy in Teachers Unions’ Attacks on Charters

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the political playbook: identify something you’re guilty of and then shout from the hilltops that someone else is…

By Kyle Rosenkrans

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Posted Dec. 29, 2015

Why Schools Should Be More Like Trader Joe’s

Prior to becoming a special education teacher in the Bronx through New York City Teaching Fellows, I was a novitiate store manager at a Trader…

By Mark R Anderson

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Posted Oct. 23, 2015

It’s an ‘All-Out War on Failure’ in These Two Bronx Schools

Chalkbeat reported earlier this week that New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña and New York State Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, equipped with dueling improvement plans, visited…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 14, 2015

Teachers, Let’s Not Be Afraid of Real Student Feedback

For a teacher to be effective, she has to connect with her students. Striking the right balance between friend and authority figure is a critical…

By Izabela Bardy

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

There Are Small Things We Can Do Every Day to Make Our LGBT Students Feel Safe

The same four students hang out together in front of my classroom most mornings. One set is female and the other male. I do not…

By Jose Lara

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

The World Is Threatened by Our Students’ Voices and We Have to Teach Them to Be Brave

I talk a lot about how our students can change the world. And I mean it. Glance at the headlines any day this week, and…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

It Wasn’t Enough to Just Be Latina, My Students Needed Me to Be Culturally Competent

I am a Latina educator and I have spent most of my career working with Black and Brown students. Initially, I believed that it was…

By Nikki Jarquin

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