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Posted May 29, 2018

I’m a Cambodian Kid From Compton and Because of My Mom, I Graduated From College

As a young man growing up on the East Side of Compton, California, I never quite understood my place in my community or society. I…

By Gold Chhim

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 8, 2018

Separate But Equal Doesn’t Work, Except When We’re Talking Graduation Ceremonies

Dear White Elementary and High School Administrators: Did you see what happened at the University of Florida’s graduation ceremony on Saturday? Did you see that…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Nov. 27, 2017

As a First-Generation College Student I Need a Lot More Than Financial Aid

I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

For This Chicago Public Schools Graduate, It’s the Teachers Who Made the Difference

This morning, academics and civic leaders gathered in Chicago to dig in on research that shows Chicago’s public schools have done a remarkable job of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

Illinois Makes Paying For College Harder for Low-Income Students, But We Can Fix That

In 1991, I was admitted to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. My mother worked as a telephone operator and didn’t have the money to pay…

By Kyle P. Westbrook

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Posted Sep. 22, 2017

I’m Tired and Pissed Off About Our Sorry Education System But I’m Still Fighting

I always thought I was super smart. Until I got to college. Even though I lived in Englewood, one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, I attended…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Three Things You Should Think About When Choosing a School for Your Kid

I am a first-generation college graduate who wants my daughter to be successful. Growing up in the Englewood community in Chicago, I was exposed to…

By Patrice Bledsoe

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 9, 2017

New ‘Wash and Learn’ Program Offers Free Books For Kids at the Laundromat

Educators are slowly realizing that teaching during traditional hours simply isn’t enough. It’s why this organization wants to change how and where we’re educating. A…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted June 20, 2018

The Trump Administration Is Violating Everything We Know as Educators About How to Work With Families

“In the treatment of the child the world foreshadows its own future and faith. All words and all thinking lead to the child—to that vast…

By Steve Zimmerman, Shahara Jackson

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Posted June 19, 2018

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Wait Until Summer to Get Professional Development

The end of the school year is always my favorite time. With standardized assessments finished, it’s my time to finally breathe, slow down to reflect…

By Brian Lane Stanley

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Posted June 18, 2018

School Shootings Aren’t the Only Things School Police Officers Need to Train For

In light of recent school shootings, one of the proposed solutions has been to put more school police officers in schools. In the last 30…

By Zachary Wright 

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