Posted Dec. 1, 2017

True Confession: I Care About My Students’ Test Score. You Should Too.

I care about my students’ test scores. That sentiment is a bit taboo nowadays, especially in “progressive” and “liberal” circles, where I run. But it’s…

By Ryan Williams-Virden

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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 Jan. 30, 2017

I’m Trying to Be an Ally to My Black and Brown Students

When I interviewed for my current job teaching ninth- and 10th-grade English in the Minneapolis Public Schools, I was asked this question: How would I…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

My Students Have Already Fought Endless Battles to Survive Before They Even Set Foot in School

Earlier this year, my first year of teaching ninth- and 10th-grade English, I taught a graphic novel called “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

I’m Over Staying Silent About the Inequities in Our Schools That Impact Poor and Students of Color

In many ways, the election seems like a lifetime ago. I recall that the weather on the weekend before election day was gorgeous. I was…

By Clare Dickey

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Posted Sep. 28, 2016

Coffee Break: Minneapolis’ Erin Clotfelter on Special Education, The Belief Gap and Coffee in Bed

Erin Ecklund Clotfelter is the mother of four: 7-year-old twins who were diagnosed with autism at age 2, a 6-year-old recently diagnosed with ADHD, and…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Why the School Funding Judgment in Connecticut Could Jeopardize Education for America’s 6.5 Million Children With Disabilities

A couple of years ago I got a call from an occupational therapist who introduced herself as a member of my son Corey’s special education…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Mar. 31, 2016

How We Can Say to Students of Color: ‘You’re Welcome Here. I Believe in You.’

Minnesota’s state teachers union recently produced a report that calls for action on an issue that hits home for me as a teacher of color:…

By Paul Collier

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Posted Mar. 15, 2016

How These Middle-School Students Took First Place at a Startup Accelerator

When Fidel Jonapa heard his team declared the winner of a design competition late last month, he was momentarily baffled. It had to be a…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 15, 2016

The Privileged Doth Protest Too Much: Part II

Part I of this post outlined what luxury problems look like in education. In this second installment, I discuss how a sense of entitlement allows…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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