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Posted Sep. 25, 2018

Eighth-Graders Are Doing Fifth-Grade Work. No Wonder Our Kids Aren’t Ready for College.

I just read a report that, as a father, makes me question my own kid’s school. I mean, if these problems are happening in so…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Sep. 20, 2018

Chrissy Teigen Inspires ‘Say My Name Right’ Challenge in Schools

This week, the Twitterverse exploded when Chrissy Teigen—supermodel, social justice activist, wife to the first Black male EGOT winner, John Legend, and Twitter bad-ass—confessed, that…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2018

I Finally Found a School That Believes in My Sons, So Why Won’t Connecticut Fund More Schools Like It?

As a mom of five young men of color in Connecticut, I too often feel like society has set a ceiling for what my sons…

By Samaris Rose-Smith

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Posted Sep. 14, 2018

Here’s What Hurricane Florence Is Teaching My Kids

The other day I found myself, just like all the other teachers in my school, leading a monthly character lesson. This one happened to be…

By Justin Parmenter

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 10, 2018

A Back-to-School Love Letter to Parents of Kids With Special Needs and Disabilities

Dear Fellow Parent Warriors, While every parent has strong feelings as a new school year approaches—excitement, nerves, even a little worry—our special tribe of parents…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

14 Percent of Your Students Have an Actual Plan to Commit Suicide

Fourteen percent of your students have a suicide plan. Thirty-one percent report suicidal thoughts, but 14 percent of them actually have a plan. One in…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Aug. 24, 2018

What Kids Want Teachers to Know Before the First Day of School

Back to school time makes everyone a little nervous: parents, teachers, staff and especially students. Conventional wisdom tells us that students are primarily worried about…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

These School Supply Lists Can Drive a Girl Crazy

Oh joy, the school supply lists arrived by email this week. Of course, as many of you know, this is only the first round of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

Here’s Why I’m Thankful for How New Mexico Is Grading Our Schools

My two boys, ages 12 and 9, are my top priority. I have been actively and attentively helping them to learn the skills that will…

By Andrea Thomas

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for All the Education Advocates Who Make Doing This Work Just a Little Bit Easier

Outrage: Distractions Y’all, I’m irritated. The internet stays failing us and we believe almost everything we see and hear without doing our own research. Over…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Families of Color Have a Lot to Worry About, Teachers Doing Stupid, Racist Things Shouldn’t Be One of Them

If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself looking at your social media timeline recently and muttering “what in the world is happening?” In late…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Poor Curriculum Is a Recipe for Disaster, Here’s How Schools Can Help Teachers Find and Use High-Quality Materials

Lately, I’ve seen a meme that keeps popping up on social media: “Telling a teacher to use a boxed curriculum is like forcing a chef…

By Kari Patrick

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