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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

I Learned That I Love Teaching While Helping My Own Parents

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Nancy Garcia

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

My Kid’s School Ditched Daddy-Daughter Dances for a ‘Loved One and Me’ Dance

To an extent, I can relate to the disappointment of those Staten Island families who had their school dance postponed last Friday. My daughter’s school…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

How You Can Advocate for Your Grandchild at School

I was a product of the early civil rights era. My entire first 12 years of formal education were spent in the segregated public school…

By Sylvia Holt

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

Families in Chicago Just Had a Huge Victory But Now the Real Work Begins

Yesterday, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson announced that three of the four high schools proposed to be closed in the South Side Englewood…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

This Mother, Immigrant and Entrepreneur Is Here to Make the American Dream Come True for Her Family

Sitting down with Brenda Navas and having her walk me through her life was an emotional experience for us both. Brenda and I met six…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

Parents Know the Answers, We Just Have to Listen to Them

For the last two years, New Schools for Chicago has been helping thousands of families on the South and West Sides of Chicago to find…

By Daniel Anello

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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 Feb. 2, 2018

Helping Students With College Essays Shouldn’t Cost Parents an Arm and a Leg

Anyone who has worked in a school can tell you that students can be tonic for the soul. Without realizing they are doing it, they…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Feb. 1, 2018

Charter Schools Need to Shift Power to Parents and Educators of Color

Following the release of a report showing that public charter school growth is slowing due to political resistance, the Center on Reinventing Public Education’s (CRPE)…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 1, 2018

Aren’t Colleges Supposed to Help You Find a Good Job?

As parents, we focus so much energy on making sure our kids are prepared for college, because we believe this is the sure path for…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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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. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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