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Posted June 12, 2017

Restorative Justice Practices in Schools Are Good for the Body, Mind and Soul

If you ever wanted a crash course on school-based restorative justice practices, then I urge you to watch this panel. I recently attended the “Re-Thinking Discipline:…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Coffee Break: CEO of NOLA’s Urban League on Empowering Communities and Doing What’s Good for Kids

Erika McConduit is the second female to serve as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in its 75-year history. Under…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

When Immigrant Families Are Too Afraid to Show Up to School, We Must Act

Imagine yourself at 6 years old, likely in first grade. You get on the bus or walk with your parents to school every day. When…

By Mary Moran

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

Charter-District Collaboration: Necessity, Not a Nicety

In an excellent turn of phrase, the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), released a report on collaboration between public charter schools and traditional school…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Sometimes School Closures Really Are the Best Thing for Kids

As a parent, if you believed your child to be enrolled in a failing school, would you withdraw them? And if you did, how likely…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted Jan. 6, 2017

Ed Reformers, Here’s the One Important Voice You’re Ignoring

Maybe we should just be honest and admit that we are kidding ourselves. We say that the election of Trump is surprising, but we have…

By Lamont Douglas

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016

This Historically Black College Is Working With Charter Schools to Prepare Teachers for Success in Louisiana

On Monday, New Schools for New Orleans joined with Xavier University of Louisiana, to announce the launch of the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency—a partnership…

By Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

Guess What, Liberals Support Charter Schools Too

It’s not easy being a political progressive and a charter school supporter. In these polarized times, it’s easy to forget how many of us support…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 2, 2016

Black Teachers Are Tired of Feeling Tolerated. We Want to Feel Empowered, Supported and Celebrated.

Where are all the Black teachers? This is a question I’ve asked myself and others for the last few years now. But it wasn’t until recently…

By Danielle Sanders

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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