Andrew Pillow

Guest Blogger

Teacher, KIPP Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Andrew Pillow is a fifth grade social studies teacher at KIPP Indianapolis, a charter school where he has taught since 2011. He is also a former Teach Plus Policy Fellow and he has taught technology and social issues.

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Posted Oct. 11, 2021

When My Struggling Readers Won’t Read for School, but They Will for Squid Game

“Squid Game” is graphic and not meant for young audiences. This is not an endorsement of using the show as…

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Posted Aug. 9, 2021

Students at My School Aren’t Complaining About Wearing Masks

As the rhetoric around coronavirus grows more partisan, it is easy to assume the worst about everything. That is just…

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Posted July 28, 2021

Schools Have to Be Patient With Students When They Return

COVID-19 is still a threat, but as vaccination levels rise and public perception of the pandemic changes, life is getting…

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Posted July 26, 2021

We All Hate Professional Development, But Some of Y’all Need It

Teachers enjoy the summer break, too. However, depending on when school gets out, summer vacation may be winding down already.…

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Posted June 24, 2021

4 Ways Parents Can Combat Learning Loss and the Summer Slide

It is summertime! While typically summer vacation serves as the signal for a prolonged break from academic work, parents should…

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Posted May 26, 2021

Students Should Know What’s in Their IEPs

If you work in special education, then you have likely worked on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). IEPs are plans…

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Posted May 20, 2021

You Could Not Raise Colorblind Children Even If You Wanted To

There is a meme going around, well not a meme, a genre of a meme. They typically feature kids from…

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Posted Mar. 19, 2021

Women’s History Month Is Not Just for Female Students

March is Women’s History Month. This is the time of the year where we take a step back and make…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2021

There Is a Right Way to Process Current Events With Your Students

The certification of the electoral votes from the 2020 election was already going to be a contentious issue, but the…

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Posted Dec. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Radical Idea to Let Students Keep the Technology and Internet

COVID-19 has been a disaster for virtually every institution and education is no exception. With that being said, there has…

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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