Posts from September 2015

Posted Sep. 30, 2015

An Open Letter to Our Parents, From a Chicago Charter Network

Dear Parents, This week the Noble Network of Charter Schools received exciting news that the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) selected Noble…

By Matthew McCabe

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

Teachers Want More Hands on Training Working With Diverse, Low Income Students Impacted by Trauma

Jackie Mader of The Hechinger Report writes about a round table discussion hosted by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) where teachers and teacher trainers and there was consensus that teachers need to be much better prepared for working with diverse, low income students and the trauma that can impact students from those backgrounds. The focus of the forum, which took place in Washington D.C., was on how to build a better teacher…

By Education Post

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

Bankruptcy Just Might Be the Thing That Keeps Us From Shortchanging Our Kids

While the prospect of any school district declaring bankruptcy is not a cause to celebrate, the fact is that any district that finds itself in…

By Rebecca Sibilia

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

Here’s How (and When) to Defend Charter Schools

Despite all the success in the charter sector, there are some people who refuse to admit anything is going well, even in a single charter…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

To the Millions of Juans: I Hope Your Teacher Doesn’t Fall Into the Belief Gap

I once heard a teacher say rather matter-of-factly that she hoped her fourth-grade student, let’s call him Juan, would one day get a job as…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

Newsweek Tracks How Republicans Turned on Common Core

Newsweek’s David Freedlander gets it right by tracking the manufactured pushback to the Common Core standards from Tea Party conservatives that resulted in several candidates abruptly changing position on a state-led initiative that dates back to the Reagan administration. Checker Finn sums it up with this quote: “It is so transparently craven as to be almost…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Sep. 30, 2015

The Charter Sector in Ohio Must Improve Because Right Now it Kind of ‘Stinks’

Matt Barnum of The 74 writes about Ohio's Charter sector and the news is not good. Mired in financial scandals, lousy performance, and sudden closures, even charter proponents are vocal about an unaccountable and mostly low performing charter sector that they consider to be unacceptable. Greg Harris, Director of Students First Ohio had this to say: “We think charters have a role in the education base, but we also think most of the charters in…

By Education Post

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Posted Sep. 29, 2015

Despite the Controversy, This Student is Joining Teach For America

Despite the controversy that stirs up around Teach For America on some campuses, thousands of students are still compelled each year to join its ranks and commit to service in their first years out of college. Colby College student Dylan Alles eloquently defends her decision by pointing out in the school paper that, “in a perfect world, TFA would not…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Sep. 29, 2015

Truly ‘Badass’ Teachers Converse and Debate. BATs Attack.

It is increasingly difficult to have a conversation or civil debate with members of the Badass Teachers Association, or at least those who actively engage…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 29, 2015

NCTQ launches “Path to Teach”

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) launched "Path to Teach," an online tool that allows prospective educators to "determine the cost, location, and where you'll get the best preparation for the realities of the classroom." The program grades teacher preparation schools and programs based on standards set by public educators and endorsed by education…

By Valentina Korkes

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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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