Posts from October 2016

Posted Oct. 31, 2016

Students of Color Are Increasing and Teachers of Color Are Not. Here’s Why and What We Can Do About It.

Promoting diversity to increase the number of Black male teachers, and Hispanic male teachers, in public schools is vital to improving the educational outcomes for…

By Doris A. Smith-Ribner

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Posted Oct. 31, 2016

I Finally Know What Day of the Dead Is and It’s a Beautiful Thing

Growing up an Anglo-American attending school with many Mexican-American friends, I still was inexcusably ignorant of the marvelous Día de los Muertos traditions. In my…

By Alicia Christiansen

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Posted Oct. 31, 2016

This New Orleans School Was Failing Students and Families. One Year Later It’s Off the Charts.

When I was growing up, my biggest obstacle to academic success was my self-esteem, which held me back from trying hard in school. Although my…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Oct. 31, 2016

Please Come in My Classroom and Judge Me. I’m Serious.

Accountability in schools is something that we teachers talk about but rarely own. More often than not, “accountability” is interpreted as “explaining why I did…

By Kevin Cormier

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Posted Oct. 28, 2016

It’s Hard to See the Progress in Bill de Blasio’s School Reforms Because There’s Been None

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor, a reporter asked him what…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 28, 2016

Our Charter School Is Our Neighborhood School

All parents want what’s best for their kids. We do everything in our power to ensure that our children have opportunities and positive experiences whenever…

By Maria Pinedo

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

Here We Go Again: White Privileged Suburbs Deciding What’s Best for Black and Brown Children

There’s something depressingly familiar about the privileged pushback we’re seeing in Massachusetts around the ballot measure to lift the cap on charter schools. An active…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

Here’s 4 Reasons Why Saying ‘You’re Lucky’ to First-Generation College Students Is a Problem

Throughout high school and now in college, I have been told I am “lucky.” I can’t help but feel confused as to why I would be…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

No, Students of Color Are Not ‘Aggressive’ or ‘Scary.’ Here’s How You Can Check Your Biases at the Door.

No one believes White teachers seek out jobs in urban schools with the intent of harming students and offending their families. Most are enthusiastic and…

By Danae Brown

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Posted Oct. 26, 2016

Coffee Break: Scott Morgan Has a Stealth Plan for Getting More Leaders of Color in Education

Scott Morgan is the founder and CEO of Education Pioneers (EP) a national nonprofit that recruits and develops professionals from diverse backgrounds and connects them with…

By Katelyn Silva

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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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