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Posted Nov. 1, 2017

You Might Need to Check Your Assumptions on Teacher Turnover

Too often in education, policy wonks and researchers (like me) talk about an issue in ways that bear little resemblance to the way it plays…

By Bonnie O’Keefe

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Posted Aug. 11, 2017

School Choice Isn’t Just Something That Parents Want, It’s a Human Right

School choice critics are ignoring one of the world’s most progressive documents which strongly endorses parent rights to choose the kind of education they want…

By Joe Nathan

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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 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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