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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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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 Apr. 13, 2017

The White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts to Community Service Programs Will Leave Students Behind

The current budget proposal the White House has submitted to Congress eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency…

By Christine Poorman, Rebeca Nieves Huffman

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017

Everyday I Put on My Red City Year Jacket and Get to Work Serving Chicago Public Schools

Every morning, I proudly put on my City Year red jacket to greet students at Chicago’s Johnson School of Excellence. City Year AmeriCorps members give…

By Antonio Marshall

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016

Here’s What a Good Student Teaching Experience Looks Like

The most important element of my pre-service teaching experience was my cooperating teacher, Keri Crocco. She welcomed me into her seventh-grade classroom at North Shore…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Feb. 12, 2016

It Wasn’t Until I Got Laid Off That I Realized How Much I Loved Teaching

There are teachers who command a room. There are those who make teaching look easy with their seemingly effortless classroom management. Those who eloquently deliver…

By Elissa Good Smith

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Posted Feb. 5, 2016

I Didn’t Think College Would Be My Path But These Tips Helped

There are a lot of preconceived notions when it comes to education. One of them is that only a teacher is responsible for providing students…

By Brandon Terrell

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015

The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Arne Duncan Reunites with Former Student

Anya Kamenetz of NPR shares the conversation from the reunion of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with a former student from over twenty five years ago during his years working for Chicago Public Schools. Duncan participated in a Mentorship Program and Lwanda Duncan (no relation) was one of his mentees. Their conversation was part of a StoryCorps project called the Great Thanksgiving Listen. I can remember when I finished Robert Morris…

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Posted Sep. 28, 2015

Young Black Boys Find Wisdom and Encouragement About Their Futures at the Barbershop

Mercedes Mejia of Michigan Radio writes about something incredibly cool happening in Detroit thanks to Edmund Lewis Jr., CEO of Minority Males for Higher Education. Barbershop Chats as a way to mentor and engage young black boys.   Lewis began the Barbershop Chats a few years ago. He’s the founder and CEO of Minority Males for Higher Education, a Detroit-based nonprofit that gives young black boys and men the resources they need to…

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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