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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

So You Want to Go to College? Send a Text.

In 2013, then-First Lady Michelle Obama approached then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with the goal of inspiring more young people to attend and graduate from…

By Marcus Markle

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Posted May 22, 2017

While Feds Loosen School Nutrition Standards, My Child’s School Won’t Back Down

While my husband dug in the freezer on a recent Monday morning, my second-grader informed me of the day’s breakfast menu: “I’m having a waffle…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017

Michelle Obama Isn’t in the White House But She’s Still on for #CollegeSigningDay

There’s nothing quite like walking around with former First Lady Michelle Obama when she’s meeting students for the first time. I’ve seen her stroll across…

By Eric Waldo

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016

The Children’s President: A Love Letter to Barack Obama

Before the election, I told a friend I was going to miss the president when he left office. He replied, “Obama is the Kennedy of…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Nov. 10, 2016

7-Year-Old Jordan West on Writing a Book, a Literacy Princess Party at the White House and Why Every Girl Is Smart, Beautiful and Special

Jordan West wants every girl—regardless of circumstance—to feel smart, beautiful and special. Wearing a tiara, Jordan read the book she wrote, at 6-years-old, to a…

By Lauren Mims, David J. Johns

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Posted Sep. 6, 2016

How Texting Can Change the Way First-Generation Students Experience College

When I was a doctoral student at Harvard University, I served as a residential advisor for 27 freshmen. What struck me was the vast diversity…

By Ben Castleman

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016

This Is the Summer of Race and Equity in Education

Ever since I can remember, each summer has had a theme, an idea that connects events and experience. Sometimes it’s as simple as “the summer…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted July 21, 2016

How Melania Trump Proves There’s a Writing Crisis in America

I often bemoan the fact that writing is becoming a lost art. We need to look no further than the prime-time speech that Melania Trump…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted July 15, 2016

5 Things You Can Do to Support First-Generation College Students

The elation I felt upon my acceptance to Ohio State University felt too distant to recall as I walked out of my chemistry final. As…

By Caitlyn James Homol, David J. Johns

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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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