Curriculum

Posted July 21, 2017

My Students Think That ‘Being an Author Isn’t Really for Black People’

Recently, I worked with a group of middle school students on an extended-day literary magazine publication. We discussed potential careers that the experience could prepare…

By Syeita Rhey-Fisher

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Posted June 13, 2017

What I Learned From Listening to 100 Oakland Students

“If you could address any issue regarding education, school, and your community, what would it be?” That’s the question that got students talking the most.…

By Charles Cole III

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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

I Bet Kids Can Debate Education Reform Better Than We Do

I just completed my first season as a middle school debate team coach. Here are the basics: kids argue either the affirmative or the negative…

By Marilyn Rhames

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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 Mar. 15, 2017

Who Needs Selective Enrollment When Your Neighborhood High School Has an IB Program

This is a stressful time for many urban eighth-grade students and parents who are considering high school options, and hearing from public schools about acceptances…

By Alana G. Baum

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Posted Mar. 1, 2017

How Computer-Based Assessments Empower Educators and Students

If you went through grade school in the last 40 years, chances are you remember filling in answer bubbles to columns of multiple choice items.…

By Nanda Krish

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Posted Jan. 5, 2017

I Went to a Good School, So Why Am I Terrible at Math?

Math is/was/always will be my worst subject. It doesn’t matter if it’s factorials (good God, what?), statistics (it looks easy but it’s not), or even…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Coffee Break: Principal Stacey Gauthier on How Her Queens School Helped Build the Charter Movement

Stacey Gauthier is the principal of the Renaissance Charter School, a Pre-K through 12 conversion charter school in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. She’s served…

By Laura Waters

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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 26, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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