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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

Affirming Our LGBTQ+ Educators Is Essential to Fighting Prejudice

I have long since forgiven the eighth-grader who, during my first year as a school counselor, called me a “f-ggot.” But I could never forget…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

How Two Students’ Warmth and Support Helped Me Come Out at School

It’s National Coming Out Day. It may not be apparent that there are many places to come out if you are LGBTQ. There’s your family,…

By Becky Tapley

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Here’s Everything You Should Do for LGBT History Month in Your Classroom

On Columbus Day weekend in 1987, I ventured to Washington, D.C. for an event that would forever change my life: the March on Washington for…

By Rich Ognibene

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Is Every Month for Latino Educators

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the histories and stories of the Latino diaspora. In most of the country,…

By R.D. Leyva

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Posted Aug. 25, 2017

I Almost Quit Teaching on My Third Day. Here’s 10 Things I Wish I’d Known.

Dear Mark, You called out sick today (Thursday, September 6, 2007). Only your third day of school—ever!—and you lied about having a family emergency in…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted July 24, 2017

No One Wants a Robot for a Teacher. We Have to Be Real With Our Students.

Yesterday, I was talking to a group of incoming teachers. During our conversations, I heard a piece of advice given that I hadn’t heard since…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 30, 2017

I Shared My Own Story So My LGBTQ+ Students Could Know There Is a World of Possibilities

Teachers have the ability to be champions for their students—in all of their intersectional identities, from gender, sexual orientation and race to religion and social…

By E.M. Miller

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Posted June 27, 2017

Teachers, We Are Failing Our LGBT Youth. But There’s Something You Can Do Right Now.

I’m a numbers guy. I love a good debate or emotional plea, but nothing moves me more than good old solid math. If you want…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 8, 2017

The Big Gay Way to End the School Year

Happy Pride, y’all! June 1 marks the start of a month-long celebration of LGBT history and culture and of our extraordinary leaps forward in terms…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted June 2, 2017

I Have the Courage to Teach LGBTQ Literature Because It Saved My Life

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”—Franz Kafka When I was 21 years old, three years after I had come…

By Jane McMahon

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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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