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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 Nov. 25, 2015

Thank You for Believing in My Son

This weekend my family will find a moment amid the turkey and the pie, the football and the Minecraft, to acknowledge things we are grateful…

By Beth Hawkins

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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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