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Posted June 15, 2018

16 Amazing Black Men and Their Advice for Young Students

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful fathers in the world. However, for Black people, Father’s Day has too often turned into…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted June 14, 2018

Who’s Watching Out?

Outrage: Who’s Protecting Our Kids Why does a fifth-grader have to go to her school board to beg for protection from bullies? “Hi my name…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 14, 2018

Her School Didn’t Just Get Her Through College, It Got Her Through Tragedy

Three people, two tragedies and one college visit shaped April Austin’s post-secondary dream of becoming an occupational therapist. Growing up, April’s grandfather loomed large in…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 13, 2018

It’s Time to End Violence and Create Beloved Communities

As a young man in Chicago, I can tell you that sometimes, being listened to is all you need. It can open the door to…

By Alex King

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Posted June 1, 2018

Chicago’s Students Are Standing Still on Test Scores But That’s Good News

Sometimes no progress represents real progress, especially when you’re talking about an urban school district roiled by financial woes and a national exam that has…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 23, 2018

Meet the Student Activists Fighting Against Gun Violence

They’ve been all over the news since February, walking out of class, marching for their lives in the streets and dunking on the president of…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 21, 2018

Want to Stop the ‘Summer Slide’? Convince Kids Summer Learning Can Be Fun.

We figured it would be a breeze recruiting families for our summer program. We hired creative, experienced, rock star teachers who wanted to reinvent summer…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 16, 2018

School Counselor of the Year Kirsten Perry Isn’t a Savior, She’s Just Here to Help

In just two years, school counselor Kirsten Perry has served as a catalyst for transforming North Lawndale Community Academy, a neighborhood elementary school in one…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 16, 2018

Even When Your Kid Has Special Needs, Sometimes You Gotta Back Off and Let Them Make Their Own Choices

My younger daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life. She is full of energy, gives great cuddles and has a fantastic imagination,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted May 11, 2018

My Neighborhood Was Terrorized by Police Raids But It Was the Teachers Who Kept Us Safe

Most years, I celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with smiles and maybe a nice card for my daughter’s teacher. This year, I’m appreciating the teachers in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 20, 2018

The Trump Administration Is Violating Everything We Know as Educators About How to Work With Families

“In the treatment of the child the world foreshadows its own future and faith. All words and all thinking lead to the child—to that vast…

By Steve Zimmerman, Shahara Jackson

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Posted June 19, 2018

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Wait Until Summer to Get Professional Development

The end of the school year is always my favorite time. With standardized assessments finished, it’s my time to finally breathe, slow down to reflect…

By Brian Lane Stanley

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Posted June 18, 2018

School Shootings Aren’t the Only Things School Police Officers Need to Train For

In light of recent school shootings, one of the proposed solutions has been to put more school police officers in schools. In the last 30…

By Zachary Wright 

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