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Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Teachers, It Isn’t Enough Just to Be Black

“I can’t stand these disrespectful kids! I didn’t sign up for this!” Those were the words I emphatically said out loud while I walked out…

By Devin Evans

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

7 Things I Think Every Principal Should Know

Education is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you and is the key to success. This is my 12th year as a…

By Shanessa Fenner

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

Want to Know How to Get Minorities Into Teaching? Just Ask the Students.

I remembered Oscar from the previous year when he was a sixth-grade student assigned to the other sixth-grade social studies teacher. He was quiet when…

By Elsie Owolo

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Posted Aug. 24, 2017

How I Use Bill Withers and Tupac in My Classroom to Help Students Learn

Music is everywhere. We play it constantly in our cars and homes, and listen to it on our phones as we’re exercising or walking. Music…

By Tunji Adebayo

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Posted Aug. 24, 2017

I’m a Teacher and I Don’t Need More Than That. My Students Are Enough.

I have a classroom. It’s in the basement, but there are some windows. There are desks and boards and enough space for a ton of…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

Chicago’s Solorio High School Showed Me Exactly the Kind of Teacher I Want to Be

What I loved about Solorio was that I really got to know the teachers. Teachers wouldn’t talk down to us. It wasn’t lecture style. We…

By Jonathan Patino

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Posted Aug. 21, 2017

Personalized Learning Works Best When People Really Believe in Kids

Five years ago, Principal LeViis Haney arrived at Lovett Elementary in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and found a school stuck in outdated, rote-learning practices. Teachers went…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 11, 2017

10 Ways Teachers Can Be ‘All In’ Like Jon Snow This School Year

(Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. But like from Season 6, so no excuses; play like a champion.) There is this shot in the penultimate episode of…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

To All of the Educators, Love Not Money Will Close the Gap

I grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio. During my time in middle school, we did not have books or resources…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

He Thought He Hated School. Here’s How We Turned It Around for a Kid With Special Needs.

“I’m not going to that school. I don’t even like school,” Chase yelled at me. Running up and down a slide, holding a giant stick…

By Stephanie Storlie

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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