Arnetta Thompson

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Teacher

Oak Park, Illinois

Arnetta Thompson is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow. Arnetta is a fifth grade teacher in the Oak Park Elementary School district.

A National Board Certified teacher, Arnetta is the Region 46 Vice-Chair for the Illinois Education Association and organizes the fifth grade service team at her school. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and American studies from Lake Forest College, received a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University, and a master’s in supervision and leadership with a Type 75 endorsement from Concordia University in Chicago.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2020

Here’s How I Know Our Schools Need More Teachers of Color, Like Me

You don’t wash your hair every day? How often do you wash it? Every other week?!” The fifth grader with blonde hair…

By Arnetta Thompson

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Posted July 13, 2020

White Progressives Have a Lot of Work to Do, and I’m Not Here to Help

When I ran for school board it was the former Minneapolis mayor who was the first elected official to endorse me. She asked me a…

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Posted July 13, 2020

Pandemic or Not, Students Need Great Content Paired With Strong Teaching

When teachers welcomed their students on the first day of school last September, they never imagined ending the year on Zoom. Now, as the new…

By Candice McQueen

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Posted July 13, 2020

5 Ways School Leaders Can Respond to the Challenges Ahead and Open Stronger

There is no doubt educators are exhausted from a trial-by-fire school year. As a virulent pathogen spread, we were forced to abandon brick and mortar…

By Jen Murtha, Lynette Guastaferro

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