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Posted June 27, 2018

The Necessary Work of Teachers Unions Just Got a Lot Harder

By all accounts, it’s about to be a lot harder for unions to do the work they do, starting tomorrow. There are smarter and better…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 29, 2018

One of My Most Conservative Students Shares What It’s Like to Be in My Class

My learning this year has been greatly assisted by a number of students willing to be honest with me. One of them, Alec, is the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 29, 2018

I’m Really Damn Liberal, and My Students All Know It

Social justice teaching is not, or should not, be about teaching students what to think. We should teach critical thinking, teach about empathy and with…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 8, 2018

So This Is What You Call ‘Teacher Appreciation’?

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day. But I have to admit it’s kind of a weird time to collect a free burrito and feel “appreciated.” In some…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 26, 2018

If We Really Want to Make Schools Safe, We Need to Build Community

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently assembled a school safety commission that will explore the need to repeal guidance that helps schools discipline students without discriminating.…

By Teresa Fenske

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

5 Ways We Teach Rape Culture in Schools

How do we teach sexual consent in schools? You’ll probably say, “Well, we don’t teach it,” which is mostly true. Most schools don’t have consent…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 15, 2018

Here’s How ESSA Can Create Strong, Diverse School Leadership

When I became principal of Ranson IB Middle School in 2011, one of the first challenges I faced as principal was one that never came…

By Alison Welcher

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Posted Mar. 9, 2018

6 Tips for Helping Your Kid Get What They Need in School

As a parent, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is how hard, and important, it is to advocate for my child’s education. Getting your…

By Latoya Reid

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

A Hmong Charter School Where Success Is Starting to Lead to Integration

I recently visited a high-performing charter school in a low-income urban area. Like so many others—like the one my kids attend in Washington, D.C.—it was…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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