Undocumented Immigrants

Posted Feb. 6, 2018

This Teacher of the Year Showed Me Just How Important DACA Is

I am currently 34,000 feet over Colorado on a flight home from one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Over the past four…

By Michael Soskil

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Don’t Think We Need DACA? My Students Prove You Wrong

I teach in rural Central Illinois, and my high school, PORTA, is predominantly White, like most of the small schools in my area. However, I…

By Pat Marshall

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Posted Nov. 7, 2017

I Should Have Done More for My Undocumented Students, So Now I’m Showing Up for DACA

When I first heard the news that the Trump administration planned to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), my thoughts went immediately to my…

By Kate Sullivan Frades

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

My Undocumented Students Have Invested in Our Country. We Should Invest in Them.

At the end of my first year of teaching, Maria, one of my sixth-graders, wrote this to me: Before you, school just wasn’t my thing.…

By Olivia Corya

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

I’m an Undocumented Immigrant and I Shouldn’t Have to Prove My Humanity for a Path to Citizenship

My name is Jaqueline Romo and I am an undocumented American. DACA came into my life my junior year in high school. Although I knew…

By Jaqueline Romo

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

We Can Be a Nation of Dreamers and a Nation of Laws

On a hot day before the end of the school year, I sat in my classroom with Wajid, a tall and reedy senior who had…

By Josh Kaufmann

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Is Every Month for Latino Educators

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the histories and stories of the Latino diaspora. In most of the country,…

By R.D. Leyva

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Posted Sep. 13, 2017

Undocumented People Aren’t a Threat to Communities. They Are Our Communities.

Teachers returning to the classroom across the country carry a heavy burden of explaining the unexplainable. Students will have hard questions about the horrific events…

By Jessica Cuellar

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

So You Want to Go to College? Send a Text.

In 2013, then-First Lady Michelle Obama approached then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with the goal of inspiring more young people to attend and graduate from…

By Marcus Markle

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Posted Sep. 6, 2017

Defending DACA Unifies Education Advocates From Opposite Sides of the Debate

President Donald Trump chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a protection put in place by former President Barack Obama for…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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