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Posted Dec. 29, 2017

Your Students Won’t Be Able to Stop Talking About Amazon’s Top Books of 2017

Every classroom deserves to have a more vibrant discussion, and Amazon’s list of best-sellers can be a good place to start. The Harry Potter Series…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

Political Philosophy Isn’t Just for College Students, It’s Making My Students Stronger Readers

Alongside the whiteboard in the front of my 12th-grade English classroom in Philadelphia, there are sentence strips listing the names of the authors we have…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 1, 2017

I Was a Misfit in School, Then I Was Homeless, Now I’m Helping Kids Avoid That Same Fate

I went to Chicago Agricultural High School. It’s known as one of the best high schools in the Chicagoland area. Everyone told me it was…

By Melvin Hayes

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

Finding the Right School for My Son Has Literally Changed His Life

In the spring of 2015, my family and I moved from the far South Side of Chicago to the South Loop so our son could…

By Rekeia Williams

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

Here’s What Eva Moskowitz Expects From Principals and Teachers

It seems like everybody has been talking about Eva Moskowitz’s new memoir, “The Education of Eva Moskowitz.” But what fascinates me about her story seems…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

A Transgender Kindergartner Brought a Book for the Class to Read and Parents Tried to Ban It

Last June, a kindergartner brought a book to Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school outside Sacramento, and asked her teacher to read it at story…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 26, 2017

Why the Hell Didn’t Someone Put These Books in My Hand When I Was Younger?

I should read more than I do. Everyone should. I think we’d be better off as a nation and a species if we all read…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

These 11 Books Were Banned But You Should Read Them Anyway

Finding a book to read shouldn’t be complicated. After all, making a choice about what literature we choose to digest is an everyday decision, one…

By Rob Samuelson, Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Fancy Education Luncheons Aren’t Going to Fix the Schools in My Neighborhood

The other day I had the honor of attending a luncheon and panel discussion about our failure to provide equitable schooling here in Illinois. It…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 18, 2017

We’re 42 Years Apart But Our Mission Is the Same: Change Education for the Black Community

We are two Black men separated by 42 years in age. But we are bound by our collective rage about what is happening to our…

By Howard Fuller, Charles Cole III

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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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