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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 July 7, 2017

Every Single Educator Has to Stand Up and Recognize Racism in This Country

How many men and women of color have to die for White educators of goodwill to help eradicate bias in our schools and nation? Like…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted July 5, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Vanessa Rodriguez on the Real Difference-Maker We Should Be Talking About

Vanessa Rodriguez has deep experience working with the students of New York City. She started her career as a bilingual teacher at a Bronx elementary…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 7, 2017

I Was a Principal in Southwest Philly and That Didn’t Stop These Black Cops From Pulling Me Over

All year our eighth-grade students have been grappling with social justice issues and how to address them. They’ve closely analyzed past movements in America and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 5, 2017

Kids Might Be Addicted to Screens But Schools Aren’t Helping Either

Recently my school’s counseling department organized a showing of the documentary “Screenagers” to all 450 of our middle school students. The film explores the negative…

By Justin Parmenter

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Posted June 2, 2017

I Have the Courage to Teach LGBTQ Literature Because It Saved My Life

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”—Franz Kafka When I was 21 years old, three years after I had come…

By Jane McMahon

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Posted May 17, 2017

How Do We Prepare Students for a Rapidly Changing Future? Prepare the Teachers, First.

Nearly everyone who works in education today is grappling with the same question: How do we prepare students to excel in jobs that don’t even…

By Esther Tokihiro

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Posted May 16, 2017

Allowing Teachers to Lead and Collaborate Should Be the Rule Not the Exception

For nine years, I served as the school librarian at Inter-American Magnet School in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Even though there were many talented and…

By Fran Feeley

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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