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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 Apr. 19, 2017

I Created a Lasting Bond With My Students and All It Took Was These 3 Little Things

It’s been almost three years since the last time my job title was classroom teacher, and I miss it terribly. Like many teachers, my students…

By Chawanna B. Chambers

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Posted July 6, 2016

How Abner Mikva Taught Us That ‘Democracy Is a Verb’

Walking into the Mikva Challenge office this morning, I had a flashback to when I was 10 years old in 1976 and walked into Ab…

By Brian Brady

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Posted June 22, 2016

Why I’m Not Disappointed Opt Out in Oregon Has Lost Its Steam

Last year, parents, educators and community advocates across Oregon joined forces in a campaign to fight standardized tests in schools and the evaluations that arise…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted May 18, 2016

Real Teacher Appreciation Is More Than Tokens, Hugs and Free Coffee

I’ve always found “appreciation weeks” for nurses, salesmen and teachers to be a strange concept. Isn’t appreciation something that should be a natural condition of…

By Jillian Harkins

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Posted Mar. 16, 2016

Coffee Break: SFER’s Siena Ruggeri on Human Potential, the Power of Belief, and the Splendor of Colorado

The needs of students should be at the center of any discussion about public education. All sides of the debate agree on that. But how…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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