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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

My Undocumented Students Have Invested in Our Country. We Should Invest in Them.

At the end of my first year of teaching, Maria, one of my sixth-graders, wrote this to me: Before you, school just wasn’t my thing.…

By Olivia Corya

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Posted Oct. 9, 2017

Video: I Never Had a Black Male Educator, So I Became One

Throughout my entire K-12 educational career, not once did I have a Black male educator. For nearly eight hours a day, and for 12 years,…

By Shamar Knight-Justice

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Posted Sep. 29, 2017

Reject the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

(Trigger warning: This essay contains a bleeped, profanity-laced rant that may cause you to question your most deeply held beliefs.) It’s not often I cite…

By Ian Rowe

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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

Chance the Rapper, Lupe Fiasco and 10 Other Songs That Inspire My Students

Some logic statements for the teachers out there: Your kids love music. You love your kids. Therefore, you love music. Even though this conclusion isn’t…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted Aug. 3, 2017

See Where Tuition-Free College Is Removing Barriers for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

If you have to worry about tuition, it’s just about the only thing you worry about. You’ll recognize the following thoughts: Do I really need…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted June 13, 2017

Jared’s Got Something Special and KIPP’s ‘Pathways’ Is Helping Him Show It

Eight-year-old Jared Teel-Drayton hops into the room, hands flapping, eyes darting, smile alight. He’s been painting—his class went to the art room today—and his teacher,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 9, 2017

9 Times Teachers Gave Advice and We Loved Every Single Bit of It

Everyone has someone they look up to, and for a lot of us, those people are teachers. After all, your favorite teacher is the one…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted May 5, 2017

My Mom (and KIPP) Don’t Just Hope for Me to Go to College, They Expect It

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she expects it, especially since my older sister graduated from college and is now in grad school. I’m going to be the second person in my family to graduate from college.…

By Fernando Barrientos

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coming Back to the School That Served Him Meant More Than Any Job Title Could

I met Danny Herrera a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put a date on it as I remember his face from our time…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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