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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
CMS Teacher of the Year finalist from the South Learning Community: Justin Parmenter, Waddell Language Academy

4 Things Every School Should Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Students

I am a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m also the proud husband of an immigrant.…

By Justin Parmenter

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
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We’re In Danger If We’re Not Teaching Our Students About Their Civil Rights

At Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel, there’s a photograph of a father with his hands covering his young son’s eyes moments before they…

By Elizabeth G. Scalia, Ana L. Solis, Alana G. Baum

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017
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A Teacher’s Guide to Educating Immigrant Children Under Trump

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a new resource guide for early learning programs and elementary schools working with immigrant families. A few days…

By Janie T. Carnock

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
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The Greatest Teaching Tool a School Can Have? Love.

Somewhere along the way, public schools stopped investing in the souls of children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017
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If You’re Gonna Be on ‘Team Public Education’ You Need to Commit to These 3 Things

In California—particularly here in the Bay Area within GO’s Oakland and West Contra Costa communities—the vast majority of us are on team public education. That…

By Jonathan Klein

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 12, 2017
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Trump Might Want to Scrap the Office of Civil Rights, But the Work Continues

In a community not too far from my home of Philadelphia, yet light years away in the tony suburb of Upper Dublin, a group of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016
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Black, Proud and Pro-School Choice: Sorry, I’m Not Sorry

In ratifying a resolution to issue a moratorium on charter schools, the NAACP—despite its storied history of defending the civil rights of Black and Brown…

By Jeremiah Grace

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Posted Nov. 9, 2016
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It Doesn’t Matter Who’s in the White House When It Comes to Education Policy

Anyone who has known me longer than five minutes knows that I am a pacifist, tree-hugging, worker-loving, Bernie Sanders Democrat. So what was I doing…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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Do You Know This Hidden Figure? Meet Legendary Black Educator Dr. Anna Julia Cooper

A multitude of hidden figures silently loom in our shadows, yet those who know understand that as Black people we stand on the shoulders of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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#MyBlackHistory Is a Shoutout to the Grandparents That Help Raise and Advocate for Kids

Despite having a third-grade education, they made sure reading was fundamental for not only their children but every child they came in contact with.…

By Jason B. Allen

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017
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5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School

It’s 8:45 a.m. and a creative AP English teacher greets her students with handshakes and high fives. But they’re not as energetic as she is…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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