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Posted July 25, 2018

Coffee Break: North Carolina’s Wanda Legrand Knows Students Can’t Be Successful Unless They Feel Loved

“We’ve not done enough to make students feel valued for their differences,” says Wanda Legrand, the new chief schools support officer for Guilford County Schools…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 12, 2018

Calling Out Silence on the D.C. Graduation Scandal

The selective outrage of partisan ideologues in the education space is a well-known phenomenon and nowhere is that more on display than in the muted…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

Coffee Break: Kenya Bradshaw on How to Know When a School Is Doing Family Engagement Right

I recently had a chance to talk with The New Teacher Project’s Kenya Bradshaw. We talked about which school districts are doing things right, how…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

Our Neighborhood School Didn’t Have a Dual-Language Immersion Program So We Started One

As soon as my fiancé and I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008, we started looking at school options. Although children were still a few…

By Jimell Sanders

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Posted Nov. 18, 2016

The World Is Bigger Than America and African-American Students Deserve Access to It

This week, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, along with nearly 100 countries around the world, is celebrating International Education Week…

By Alexandria Myers, Lauren Mims

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Posted Oct. 3, 2016

How Meaningful Teacher Evaluation Systems Help Improve the Teacher Pipeline

Teacher evaluation reform, improving schools’ measurement of who is doing a good job in classrooms and who isn’t, has been nothing if not controversial in…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted June 15, 2016

VIDEO: The Danger of a Single Story and How Common Core Can Help

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s seminal TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story, she argues against using one anecdote to come to any general conclusion…

By Josh Parker

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Posted Apr. 5, 2016

Creative, Collaborative and Open: The Future of Education Advocacy

Over the past two years, 1,300 people applied for just 10 spots in 50CAN’s Education Advocacy Fellowship. The extraordinary response is a reflection of the…

By Marc Porter Magee, Vallay Varro

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Posted Apr. 4, 2016

New Teacher Evaluation Systems Do Make a Difference

A recent study reports that most teachers have earned satisfactory ratings under new, more comprehensive state teacher-evaluation systems, and some commentators have pointed to the research as evidence that a national campaign to measure teachers more effectively hasn't worked. But that's the wrong conclusion to draw. The  study highlights weaknesses in the reforms that need to be addressed. But its findings are more positive than the…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted Mar. 21, 2016

3 Reasons Why You’re Better Off Giving Teachers a Say

In February, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) announced sweeping changes to its teacher training and evaluation systems. Since this is a policy area that…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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