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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Teaching Is Not Like Those Cute Teacher Movies, It Takes Wisdom and Grit

Can I really do this for 30 years? Why isn’t loving them enough? It always worked at camp. My lessons are awesome, so why don’t…

By Sara Amick

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Posted Dec. 6, 2017

We’re Real Parents With Real Issues and We Need Solutions to Fix Our Schools

When my daughter is on the playground, I see her playing with kids from district, charter and private schools, and even some others who are…

By Allison Simpson

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I Drove 243 Miles to Find a Better School for My Kid and All I Found Was More of the Same

In 2005, I had my son and I was terrified. I already knew that, because he was a Black male born to a single mother,…

By Teade Tagaloa

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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: My Mom Overcame Her Drug Addiction and Gave Me a Chance at a Real Education

I grew up in a home with my mom and two younger siblings. My mother spent most of my childhood in the throes of drugs…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

I’m Not From Nashville But I Can Tell Their Black and Brown Kids Are Getting Cheated Out of Good Schools

“You’re from Chicago—you can’t tell us anything about Nashville!” This is what I’m expecting to hear from the anti-reform people who read this blog. But…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 8, 2017

If Politicians Won’t Step Up To Lead the Fight For Free College Tuition, Students Will.

Across the country, states like New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee are eliminating college tuition to help more students earn a higher education. But…

By Maxwell Lubin

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Posted July 14, 2017

Mia Howard Shows a Good School Needs Both the Soft Stuff and the Hard Data

A school that bakes parent engagement into its strategy for student success is a school after my own heart. Intrepid College Prep Schools, a Tennessee…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted June 28, 2017

Coffee Break: Candice McQueen on Equity, Lattes and Staying on Top

If I had to pick one word that critics and supporters of Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen might agree on to describe her, it would…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 5, 2017

How States Are Approaching School Accountability

For the most part, what states measure for school quality has already been decided by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Every state,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent TEDx Talk presenter is shaking…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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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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