Marilyn Rhames

Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Everything That’s Right and Wrong About Education Reform, I Learned at My 25th Corliss High School Reunion

At my 25th high school reunion dinner recently, I found myself upset. I had a major conflict of interest, where my loyalties were challenged and…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Why the ‘Ed’ and the ‘Tech’ Are Sometimes At Odds in the ‘Ed Tech’ Conversation, and Which One Should Win

One way to know if you really understand something is to try to teach it. Or blog about it. As a non-techie type of educator,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 3, 2017

Finally, Ed Tech Is Partnering with Teachers to Improve the Impact of Personalized Learning

I’ll just say it: As a teacher, I hated the “ed tech” conversation. Sure, I used basic technology in my classroom—maybe some iPads, or websites…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

Why I Support DACA as a Teacher, a Black Woman, a Christian and a Human Being

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 19, 2017

The Genius in Every Black Family: Our ‘Hidden Figure’

I’m visiting my aunt and uncle in Los Angeles, and we decide to watch the movie “Hidden Figures,” about three little-known Black women whose mathematical…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 15, 2017

The Tragic Tension Between College and Career Readiness

What’s the right approach: Counsel all graduating seniors to go to college, including the students who can’t afford it or may be unprepared academically or…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted June 5, 2017

I Bet Kids Can Debate Education Reform Better Than We Do

I just completed my first season as a middle school debate team coach. Here are the basics: kids argue either the affirmative or the negative…

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Posted May 30, 2017

It’s Hard to Get a Teaching Job When You’re Black

Is it possible for a school to change the trajectory of low-income Black students’ lives while denying people who look like their aunts, uncles, mothers…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about it. They were curious because…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my awe-inspiring experience at the NewSchools…

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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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