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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

We Promise the American Dream, But What About These DREAMers?

Often, we speak of time as something we are in control of. Unfortunately, “I’ll do that next time,” or, “take your time,” aren’t options for…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

VIDEO: Chance The Rapper and Google Partner to Support the Next Generation of Computer Scientists

Chance The Rapper and Google are planting the seeds that will turn Chicago’s kids into the next generation of great computer science engineers. The Chicago-based…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

College Enrollment Isn’t the Only Goal at This New York High School. A High-Paying Job Is, Too.

A recent New York City high school fair for career and technical education—otherwise known as CTE—offered a brief glimpse to students and parents of what…

By David Noah

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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: Meet the Bronx Educator Who Uses Hip-Hop to Teach Science

As a science teacher in the same school system where I attended elementary and high school, I have noticed a significant lack of engagement and what many call an aversion for learning science among Black male students.…

By Edmund Adjapong

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

VIDEO: 11-Year-Old Girl Inspired by Flint Water Crisis Creates Fastest Lead Tester on the Market

An 11-year-old girl who was inspired by the Flint water crisis has been named “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Gitanjali Rao, created a device that allows…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

Here’s How Today’s Schools Can Evolve to Prepare Kids for the Jobs of Tomorrow

The key three factors most likely to change the nature of future work are: artificial intelligence/robots, demographic changes and concentration of talent in certain locations,…

By Chyrise Harris, Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Three Things You Should Think About When Choosing a School for Your Kid

I am a first-generation college graduate who wants my daughter to be successful. Growing up in the Englewood community in Chicago, I was exposed to…

By Patrice Bledsoe

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Posted Aug. 28, 2017

We Need to Give Low-Income Kids a Chance at High-Tech Futures, and After-School Programs Can Help

STEM education—science, technology, engineering, and math—has become a national priority. STEM jobs are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in America, and nearly 80 percent…

By Kevin Washington, Ron Ottinger

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Posted Aug. 3, 2017

If Only We Could Diversify the Teaching Profession. Oh Wait, We Can.

Based on the narratives of recent years, one would believe the pursuit of equity in the teaching profession is akin to the pursuit of an…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

VIDEO: One of the Greatest Threats to Our Black Students Is the Teachers Who Don’t Believe in Them

Slowly education activists of every stripe are warming to this reality: There is no way to improve education without putting key stakeholders—students, parents and educators—at…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

3 Ways You Can Make an Impact on Your Kid’s School

The definition of “power” is the ability to act. Many times the word can be intimidating. I want you to stop and think of all the…

By Melissa Albarenga

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

Going Beyond MLK’s ‘Dream’ and Getting Uncomfortable in the Classroom

In third grade, I remember learning about Martin Luther King. We listened to his “I Have A Dream Speech.” We read about Rosa Parks and…

By Zachary Wright 

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