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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

Innovative Charters With Accountability Are Good for North Carolina

Take a look at stories about charter schools that earn top billing in news media, and you will find a litany of negativity and fear.…

By Mamie Hall

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017

Mike Miles Is Challenging the ‘Immutable Laws’ of Public Education, and It’s Working

For more than one thousand years, science operated under the immutable law that Earth sat at the center of the universe. When observers questioned this…

By Scott Laband

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

The Last Thing I Wanted Was Another Standardized Test, But I’m Glad I Took This One Seriously

As a busy high school student with a demanding schedule, the last thing I wanted to add to my plate was yet another standardized test.…

By Tanatswa Mashangeni

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Posted Oct. 11, 2016

See Why These Kids and Teachers in San Diego Are Screaming in Celebration

Through XQ: The Super School Project, 10 schools have been awarded the chance to create novel approaches to educating high-school students. Cynics have been dismissive…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school is boring.” And judging from…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

To Hell With the Naysayers, I’m Rooting for Anyone Who Wants to #RethinkHighSchool

A decade ago, I reported on the first graduation ceremony at Chicago’s Spry Community Links High School, which I described at the time as a…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 1, 2016

How Personalized Learning Took This Charter School From Good to Great

Back in 2011, Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, on Chicago’s Northwest Side, was a pretty traditional place. Desks were in rows and teachers…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 29, 2016

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 16, 2016

I Want My High-Tech Classroom to Help, Not Hinder in Closing Achievement Gaps

I’m about to complete my 25th year as a high school teacher. I could be finishing out my career by lying low and coasting on…

By Robyn Howton

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Posted May 18, 2016

This Little Provision of ESSA Could Make a Big Difference for Low-Income Kids

A little-noticed provision in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states to set aside funding to help schools create new programs for underserved…

By Michael Magee

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Posted May 11, 2017

It’s Not Just About What Happens in School, After School Matters, Too

President Trump’s “skinny budget” for the coming fiscal year is chock full of proposed cutbacks to longstanding federal programs. But one of his most surprising…

By Jodi Grant

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother would say, “Aunque seamos pobres,…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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