High Expectations

Posted Mar. 7, 2018

What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman Running a Charter School That’s Closing the Achievement Gap

Ramona Wilder comes from a long line of educators dating back to the 1800s when her great, great grandfather had old school church houses where…

By Nicole Sahbaee

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

Want to Fix the Achievement Gap? Reconsider How You Teach.

There seems to be a sentiment amongst some educators that culturally responsive education is merely an optional “best practice.” Well, of course, any trainings or…

By Daryl Howard

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Posted Jan. 19, 2018

You Can Keep Your School Choice Debate. I’m Choosing the Best Option for My Child.

Growing up, I was TPS (Toledo Public Schools) proud! I have been a staunch advocate for public schools throughout my career, and yet, I took…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

I’ve Been a Principal for 15 Years, Here’s 12 Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

This marks my 15th year as a principal. I have learned directly from my coaches, mentors and colleagues. Many of the lessons I have learned…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

My Daughter Is Getting a Quality Education and I Don’t Have to Pay the Cost of Rent for It

Quality education is extremely important to me, that’s why my daughter is in kindergarten at KIPP One Primary school in Chicago. The public school that my…

By Maria Anderson

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Posted Sep. 14, 2017

When ‘Good Enough’ Isn’t Good Enough at All for Our Students of Color

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost… —Luke [14:28] The first…

By Josh Parker

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Posted Sep. 6, 2017

These Students Don’t Want ‘Saviors,’ They Want Effective Teachers

Until I had my first international experience, I didn’t have a race. Or at least, I didn’t know I did. It was when I returned…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Aug. 18, 2017

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know Before Their First Year of Teaching

When I joined the teaching force almost a decade ago, many veteran teachers warned me that classroom management was the key to success. In the…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted July 14, 2017

We Can Love and Support Our Students Without Lowering Our Expectations

I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the Oval Office with President Obama to receive an…

By Jessica Waters

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

Here’s How You Know When You Need to Check Your Microaggressions at the Front Door

If I had money to wager, I’d bet that if you’re a female teacher, this has happened to you. You’re in a meeting and you…

By Shanna Peeples

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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