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Posted July 20, 2017

We White Dudes Can’t Meet Our Students’ Needs Alone, We Need Teacher Diversity

An amazing thing happened in my classroom this year, and it had nothing to do with me. I was blessed with both a remarkable student…

By Tom Rademacher

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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 Apr. 20, 2017

My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day.

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017

Coffee Break: Tom Rademacher on His New Book, the Moment He Wanted to Teach and Getting Hit by a Deer

“Mr. Rademacher will do anything in his power to help his students succeed.” One of Tom Rademacher’s students wrote that about him in a nomination…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017

4 Years Ago a Mom Wrote Me About Her Son With Special Needs Struggling in a District School. Here’s Where He Is Now.

Leah Stanger has an encouraging story about her son that I wish every politician, parent and educator in the country could hear. Stanger began writing…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Jan. 30, 2017

Here’s Why a Trump and DeVos Future Looms Heavily in My Classroom Every Day

In the days following November’s presidential election, my students shared with me—in conversations and in writing—their fears about our current president. Many feared the abrupt…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

Teachers, Don’t Miss This. Here’s How You Can Tell Your State How to Judge Your Classroom.

As a teacher who is part of Minnesota’s working group for how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be implemented, it’s disappointing that many…

By Anthony Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

Teachers, It’s Time for Us to Raise Our Voices to the Dept of Education Today

While teachers and students are back at school, statewide testing regulations are being created that will impact an entire generation of students. So, even though…

By Maya Kruger

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Posted July 18, 2016

John King Jr. Has Some Good Advice for Charter Schools

On June 28, U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. gave one of the most powerful compliments to teachers that I’ve ever heard. He noted…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted July 12, 2016

School Reformers Cannot Ignore the Life and Death Issues Black People in America Face

In recent months, notable people within school reform circles have locked horns over a trifling question: Does the inclusion of social justice activists, people derided…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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