Gun Violence

Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 15, 2018

I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong

I was 15 years old the first time I experienced a school lockdown. Our teachers locked the classroom doors. Our busy hallways emptied. And no…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Oct. 5, 2017

I’m Trying to Teach My Students That Mass Shootings Aren’t Normal, But It’s Getting Harder

At [7:30] Monday morning a faculty announcement rang out over the PA system. “Report to the cafeteria for an informational meeting.” When that particular, unplanned…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

Finding the Right School for My Son Has Literally Changed His Life

In the spring of 2015, my family and I moved from the far South Side of Chicago to the South Loop so our son could…

By Rekeia Williams

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Posted Sep. 18, 2017

I Got to Be a Fly on the Wall in a Room Full of Teachers

On a recent afternoon, I spent two hours listening to eight public school teachers talk about their work. All but one of them teaches in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

Rapper Vic Mensa Gets Real About Being Branded ‘Black’ and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Vic Mensa wants to be the voice of Chicago. That means speaking out against gun violence, the drug trade and other issues that have found…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 27, 2017

Stop Telling Students They Need to Leave ‘The Hood’ to Be Successful

“¡Mija, ya vamonos! Es hora de ir a la escuela.” I quickly shoved my notebook into my blue Jansport backpack, careful to not widen the hole…

By Desiree Martinez

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts to Community Service Programs Will Leave Students Behind

The current budget proposal the White House has submitted to Congress eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency…

By Christine Poorman, Rebeca Nieves Huffman

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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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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