High Expectations

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 July 12, 2017

You’ve Heard About the Achievement Gap. Here’s 10 Ways Communities Can Help Close It.

During the new millennium, the United States faces a vital challenge—the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap between Caucasian and minority students, specifically, students…

By MDonnell Tenner

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Posted July 7, 2017

Here’s What a Win in My Classroom Looks Like and It’s Not What You Think

Malia had failed my ninth-grade English class for three consecutive quarters. She hadn’t come close to passing once. It wasn’t for lack of ability; her writing was…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted May 30, 2017

Everyday My Teachers Show Respect and Set High Expectations Because They Believe in Our Ability

When you first step foot onto the commons area of my school on these early mornings, you’ll see a large group of students—some half asleep,…

By Malique McCoy

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day.

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Colorado’s ESSA Plan Doesn’t Quite Get All Kids Across the Goal Line

As Colorado updates its accountability system to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we have the opportunity to rethink how it provides both…

By Lisa Berdie

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

My 4th- and 6th-Graders Are Reading the Same Book in School. Should I Be Worried?

My fourth-grader and sixth-grader are reading the same book in school right now. That’s right. The book is “The Lightning Thief.”  And what’s more, my…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

Coffee Break: Kunjan Narechania on the One Change That Has Made the Biggest Difference For Kids in New Orleans

Kunjan Narechania is chief operating officer at the Louisiana Department of Education, where she leads the internal operations at the Recovery School District in New…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 5, 2016

WATCH: How I Became a Charter School Supporter

I remember the exact moment I became a charter school supporter. It was 2006, and I was a few days away from completing my first…

By Jamie Davies O’Leary

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Posted May 16, 2016

What Is Teacher Efficacy? It’s About Believing in Kids

Earlier this year, our school, Holly Drive Leadership Academy, was showcased at a conference on teacher efficacy. To be honest, we didn’t know exactly what…

By Danielle Stephan, Shyanne Smith

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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 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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