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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Feb. 9, 2018

Listen to Parents, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

At the end of a long day, the last thing I’m looking for is a long and detailed email from a parent. Not that I…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

These Teachers of the Year Stand for Those Who Choose to Kneel

This submission comes from 2017 Teachers of the Year who were inspired to write about their decision to stand for the national anthem during their…

By Thirty-One 2017 State Teachers of the Year

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

Finding the Right School for Your Kid Shouldn’t Be a Privilege

This is National School Choice Week, coming at a time when the concept of choice has become one of the most polarizing in our educational…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Jan. 19, 2018

You Can Keep Your School Choice Debate. I’m Choosing the Best Option for My Child.

Growing up, I was TPS (Toledo Public Schools) proud! I have been a staunch advocate for public schools throughout my career, and yet, I took…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 28, 2017

2017’s Best Moments in Education

Every year brings its challenges. 2017 has seemed a little rougher than most—hurricanes have devastated major American cities, White supremacists marched in the streets and…

By Rob Samuelson

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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 Nov. 29, 2017

We Need to Keep Our Most Advanced Students Engaged. Here’s How.

I am a gifted and talented specialist for a school district in New Jersey. It is my job to make sure that students receive the…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Once You’ve Got a Seat at the Table, You Need to Have the Tough Conversations

During my time in school, I only had two Black teachers and they were both female, one in the fifth grade and the other in…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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