Posts from February 2016

Posted Feb. 29, 2016

Hey, New Teacher, We Want to Help You #TeachStrong

I see you, New Teacher. I see you scurry through the door each morning, loaded down like a pack mule with your teacher bags and…

By Dayna Burke

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Posted Feb. 29, 2016

Teach For America Experience Should Not Discredit DeRay

As a resident and teacher in Baltimore City, I have been paying close attention to the mayoral race, and the debate about DeRay Mckesson’s ability…

By Molly Carr

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Posted Feb. 26, 2016

Truth Is, I Don’t Want to Be a Helicopter Mom But What Are My Options?

“Hi! I’m Ra’Son’s mom, Ramie, nice to meet you.” It’s the same sentence I’ve uttered every August for the last four years, the same one…

By Rameisha Johnson

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Posted Feb. 25, 2016

If You Think How We’re Educating Black Kids Has Nothing to Do With Gentrification, You’re Wrong

Let’s take a look at how we are educating black kids. This is a national issue, but I’ll focus on the place I live, Oakland.…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Feb. 25, 2016

Don’t Be Fooled by Biased Financial Literacy Programs

Can I be honest? The politically right thing to say in financial literacy circles is that we need educators—from elementary to high-school level—to teach our…

By Michelle Singletary

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

We Feel You, Bey. Ed Reform Suffers From the Same Biases.

Blaming Beyonce for police officer killings puts a shiver down my spine. Even someone so beloved pays a price for challenging the status quo. It…

By Marianne Lombardo

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

Coffee Break: Kaya Henderson on Smashing Disbelief, Lessons for Reform and Beachside Sunsets

Following the departure of Michelle Rhee, Chancellor Kaya Henderson has brought leadership strength and stability to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). And the bold reforms and academic…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

A Long Island High School Where ‘You Never Run Into a Closed Door’

The first time Dr. James Hunderfund entered Malverne High School, the hallways felt “hostile.” “You didn’t want to stay in one place too long,” he…

By Karin Chenoweth

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

John King Is a Leader Who Knows Firsthand the Power of Great Schools

John King knows that a great school can make the difference between hope and despair for a child. He became a teacher because his life…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

Every Kid Needs a Champion, and Mrs. Saxon Was Mine

If you haven’t seen this video demonstrating the power of a good teacher, stop reading this blog now and watch it. You’ll see the tearful surprise…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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