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Posted Feb. 2, 2018

I Can’t Be Yet Another White Teacher Who Doesn’t Get Black History Month

It shamed me to see the way so many White people honored Dr. King on MLK Day last month. For many, including myself at one…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

Going Beyond MLK’s ‘Dream’ and Getting Uncomfortable in the Classroom

In third grade, I remember learning about Martin Luther King. We listened to his “I Have A Dream Speech.” We read about Rosa Parks and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

Political Philosophy Isn’t Just for College Students, It’s Making My Students Stronger Readers

Alongside the whiteboard in the front of my 12th-grade English classroom in Philadelphia, there are sentence strips listing the names of the authors we have…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 3, 2017

Finally, Ed Tech Is Partnering with Teachers to Improve the Impact of Personalized Learning

I’ll just say it: As a teacher, I hated the “ed tech” conversation. Sure, I used basic technology in my classroom—maybe some iPads, or websites…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Here’s Everything You Should Do for LGBT History Month in Your Classroom

On Columbus Day weekend in 1987, I ventured to Washington, D.C. for an event that would forever change my life: the March on Washington for…

By Rich Ognibene

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Posted Aug. 24, 2017

How I Use Bill Withers and Tupac in My Classroom to Help Students Learn

Music is everywhere. We play it constantly in our cars and homes, and listen to it on our phones as we’re exercising or walking. Music…

By Tunji Adebayo

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Posted Aug. 21, 2017

Personalized Learning Works Best When People Really Believe in Kids

Five years ago, Principal LeViis Haney arrived at Lovett Elementary in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and found a school stuck in outdated, rote-learning practices. Teachers went…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 18, 2017

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know Before Their First Year of Teaching

When I joined the teaching force almost a decade ago, many veteran teachers warned me that classroom management was the key to success. In the…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted July 28, 2017

Superintendent’s View: Right Now Students Face ‘Bare Minimum’ Education in Illinois Until Our Funding Is Fixed

Too often Illinois has been viewed as a laughingstock by the rest of the country for its broken finances and its notorious governors. The chaos…

By Dan Cox

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Posted July 10, 2017

After You Read These 5 Things You’ll See That Teachers Do Not Have Summers Off

I’m a regular at George’s Restaurant in Pelham Bay, Bronx. My waiter knows I’m a teacher. “It’s almost time for your vacation. Do you have…

By Kalyca Adesina Thomas

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

No Thanks, Mr. President. I Will Never Carry a Gun to School.

President Trump, I heard about your offer to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. You even offered us training to be an expert in…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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