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Posted June 15, 2017

Because of My Charter School, I Graduated From Morehouse College

This May, I had the great honor of graduating from Morehouse College, the school of my dreams. I will never forget the day I knew…

By Chris Sumlin

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Posted June 14, 2017

Coffee Break: Hanna Skandera on Her Preferred Coffee Shade, New Mexico’s Rise and Truth-Telling

The schools of New Mexico have benefitted from strong and stable leadership at the state level for the past seven years. During that time, Secretary…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 13, 2017

What I Learned From Listening to 100 Oakland Students

“If you could address any issue regarding education, school, and your community, what would it be?” That’s the question that got students talking the most.…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted June 1, 2017

I Got an Email That My Former Student Graduated and I Wish His Dad Could Have Seen Him

Last Friday I had a fire in my apartment. Everyone is fine, thank God, and I’ve been taking care of the clean-up, paperwork and phone…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted May 31, 2017

We Used to Be One of the Worst Schools in California. Not Anymore.

With high suspension rates, low achievement scores and ineffective teachers, Pacoima Elementary had the dishonor of being one of the worst schools in California. So…

By Sylvia Fajardo

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Posted May 30, 2017

Everyday My Teachers Show Respect and Set High Expectations Because They Believe in Our Ability

When you first step foot onto the commons area of my school on these early mornings, you’ll see a large group of students—some half asleep,…

By Malique McCoy

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Posted May 30, 2017

Criminalizing Students Isn’t Helping Anyone, Here’s How Restorative Justice Can Help

During my second year in the classroom, I had a student I’ll call Dylan. He was aggressive, disinterested and disrespectful. He was also malnourished, homeless…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted May 24, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrew Schmitz on the 5Essentials, What Makes School Work for Kids and Exploring Chicago’s 77

The Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago has been a long-standing partner in education reform for city school districts across the country. Andrew Schmitz is…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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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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Posted June 23, 2017

I Never Thought I’d Be Legally Allowed to Stay in This Country. Now I’m a Teacher.

I never thought I’d get here. I never thought I’d be legally allowed to stay in this country, be a college graduate or be a…

By Angelica Del Rio

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Posted June 23, 2017

This Mom Knows Oversized Classrooms and Overworked Teachers, She Didn’t Want That for Her Children

Where do you live, and what schools do your children attend? My family lives in Tacoma. My daughter attends Green Dot Destiny Middle School, and…

By Danielle Davies, Francesca McDaniel

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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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