Posts from November 2015

Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Bringing the Courage of a Dying Friend to Her Classroom

This was a hard Thanksgiving for me. Almost a year ago to the day, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Real Leaders Don’t Blame Poverty For Low Scores

We have a problem when the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Principals Association, Joseph H. Crowley, feels the need to pen an op-ed that essentially…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Teacher-Led Schools: A Rare Point of Agreement for District, Union and Charter Advocates

When people who sometimes strongly disagree find something significant they like, it’s worth noting. One of those ideas drew more than 200 educators from 23…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Transforming 1.4 Million Square Feet of Empty Space in Washington, D.C.

Every child in Washington, D.C., in every ward of the District, deserves access to a high-quality public education and the chance at a brighter tomorrow.…

By Jacque Patterson

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Posted Nov. 29, 2015

Can We Improve Equity and Raise Teacher Pay By Fixing Teacher Salary Scales?

Professor Marguerite Roza wrote an interesting piece last week on the Brown Center Chalkboard at Brookings on how most districts steer a disproportionate amount of funding for teacher salaries to a very small part of the teacher workforce. Given that teacher compensation is a big issue across the country (with most folks agreeing that teachers should be paid more), Roza's observations are highly relevant. The problem, as she explains, isn't…

By Education Post

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Next Steps in Newark: An Interview With Superintendent Chris Cerf

Newark Public Schools Superintendent Chris Cerf recently conducted a phone interview to discuss ongoing efforts to improve education in New Jersey’s largest city. This is…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

What Proposed Changes to ESEA Mean for Students of Color

“There’s no use in passing a federal education bill if it’s not a civil rights bill.” —Sen. Chris Murphy Many of us can agree that…

By Kayla Patrick

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Thank You for Believing in My Son

This weekend my family will find a moment amid the turkey and the pie, the football and the Minecraft, to acknowledge things we are grateful…

By Beth Hawkins

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Is There Anywhere a Black Youth Can Be Counted as a Real Person?

Last night I did something I promised myself I would not do. I watched the tragic dashcam video in which a Chicago police officer fires…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

Let’s Be Honest, None of This Would Have Happened to My White Son

If a white mother of three in the suburbs, like me, is tired of hearing stories and watching footage of (young) black men being brutalized…

By Erika Sanzi

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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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