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Posted Aug. 11, 2017

10 Ways Teachers Can Be All in Like Jon Snow This School Year

(Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. But like from Season 6, so no excuses; play like a champion.) There is this shot in the penultimate episode of…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

This New Jersey Parent Summit Had Parents Fired Up and Ready to Go

Awesome…Uplifting…Informative…Amazing…Spectacular…Inspirational…Wonderful…Successful…these are just some of the words parents used to describe the New Jersey Parent Summit. Upon arrival, attendees received gift bags full of “swag”…

By Quibila Divine

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Posted Aug. 4, 2017

Los Angeles Parents Spoke Up and Got a School Board That Puts Kids First

One year ago this week, we introduced our organization, Speak UP, and its platform and principles. For far too long, we pointed out, when education…

By Jenny Hontz, Katie Braude

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

I Never Thought Gifted and Talented Kids Could Be At-Risk Too, Until My Son Said He Wanted to Drop Out of School

It’s almost the end of the summer and I realize that the professional development I have been in has been pretty fantastic, and pretty awful.…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted July 19, 2017

Students With Reading Disabilities Deserve the Magic of Books Too

Exciting. Delightful. A joyful experience for the mind and soul, escaping into other worlds. This is the power of reading. Frustrated. Discouraged. Feeling like a…

By Basilisa Perkins

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Posted July 17, 2017

The Only Special Interest Group We Represent Is Our Children. Period.

At the end of the 19th century, the famous Nicaraguan writer, poet and journalist Rubén Darío wrote, “Si los perros ladran, Sancho, es señal que…

By Rodolfo Aguilar

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Posted July 14, 2017

When You Come at the Mom-in-Chief, You’d Best Not Miss

No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it is especially annoying when the…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted July 14, 2017

Mia Howard Shows a Good School Needs Both the Soft Stuff and the Hard Data

A school that bakes parent engagement into its strategy for student success is a school after my own heart. Intrepid College Prep Schools, a Tennessee…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted July 12, 2017

The Only Thing I Want to See Melting This Summer Is My Ice Cream Cone, Not My Kid’s Brain

Yeah I know, the last thing most of us parents want to do during summer is think about school. We just want to enjoy time…

By Bernita Bradley

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Posted July 10, 2017

Lessons I’ve Learned on What Makes Or Breaks a Principal

So many say that the principalship is the hardest job in education…and I couldn’t agree more. Being the inspiration, visionary, coach, sounding board, disciplinarian, advocate,…

By LeeAndra Khan

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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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