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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Do I Really Have to Say That Suspensions Hurt Kids?

In the recent article “Suspension Bans Hurt Kids,” which argues that a ban on “willful defiance” suspensions in Los Angeles public schools has led to…

By Christina Kim

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

This Mother, Immigrant and Entrepreneur Is Here to Make the American Dream Come True for Her Family

Sitting down with Brenda Navas and having her walk me through her life was an emotional experience for us both. Brenda and I met six…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted Jan. 30, 2018

Our School Is Intentionally Diverse Because We Know Our Differences Make Us Stronger

Recently, a parent at one of our Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) campuses in Los Angeles shared this story with me: My husband…

By Kriste Dragon

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Posted Jan. 30, 2018

We Can’t ‘Reinvent America’s Schools’ Without Accountability

Reading “Reinventing America’s Schools” by David Osborne was a difficult and time-consuming affair. I’ve seen how the charter school movement has operated in Los Angeles,…

By Chuck Trudeau

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Posted Jan. 29, 2018

‘No Excuses’ Only Works When It Applies to the Adults in the School, Too

Many schools with strict discipline practice what they call a “no excuses” philosophy. The problem with many “no excuses” schools is that the motto is…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

3 Ways You Can Make an Impact on Your Kid’s School

The definition of “power” is the ability to act. Many times the word can be intimidating. I want you to stop and think of all the…

By Melissa Albarenga

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Posted Dec. 27, 2017

These Politicians Went From the Classroom To Congress

It seems like every politician has big ideas about how to fix education in America. But not all of them have actually spent time leading…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

I Can’t Be the Best Teacher Without Self-Care

It’s hard to ignore how fast the school year is flying by. I vividly remember the week before school started. There were teachers everywhere rushing…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

English-Language Learners Deserve to Know How Their Schools Are Doing and These Changes Will Help

Each year, states publish “report cards” on student performance in K-12 education, as measured by math and reading tests, graduation rates and other key indicators.…

By Janie T. Carnock

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

We Promise the American Dream, But What About These DREAMers?

Often, we speak of time as something we are in control of. Unfortunately, “I’ll do that next time,” or, “take your time,” aren’t options for…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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