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Posted May 25, 2018

Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native American students. In the summer…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

School Discipline Doesn’t Have to Be a Pipeline to Prison, It Can Be a Teachable Moment

A decade ago, I happened upon a story that shook me. In the midst of an emotional outburst, a 6-year-old kindergartener had been removed from…

By Jennifer Buffett

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

What It’s Like Teaching From Inside a Suicide Epidemic

If you’ve read past the title you already know what this post is about. If you’re still reading, it’s because you want to learn more,…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Nov. 30, 2017

VIDEO: We’re Inspired by These Students and Teachers in Our Native American Communities

Native American Heritage Month ends today, but we can never forget this important fact: The U.S. education system does a terrible job at serving the…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

High Hopes Despite Low Expectations: Welcome to Oklahoma

For education reform to flourish, you need political leadership to change laws and policies, educational leadership with a clear vision for change, community leaders tirelessly…

By Erika Sanzi, Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 28, 2017

Coffee Break: Candice McQueen on Equity, Lattes and Staying on Top

If I had to pick one word that critics and supporters of Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen might agree on to describe her, it would…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 9, 2017

Stop Pushing Girls Out of the Classroom and Just ‘Let Her Learn’

Every day girls are being pushed out of the classroom. Some of them are unseen. Many of them are unheard. And too often they are…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

I’m Becoming a Doctor So I Can Go Back Home and Serve the Navajo Nation

I’m wrapping up my first year of medical school and while it’s been pretty hard, it’s all going to be worth it when I can…

By Trey Begaye

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

Coffee Break: BIE’s Brad Jupp on Native American Education, Embracing Tribal Culture and Sharing Stories of Hope

Brad Jupp is a former teacher with the Denver Public Schools who worked in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration. More recently…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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