Ben MacKenzie

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Teacher, FAIR School Downtown

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ben MacKenzie teaches ninth and 12th-grade English/Language Arts at FAIR School Downtown in Minneapolis. He is a teacher leader for Educators 4 Excellence-Minnesota and a member of the E4E National Teacher Action Team for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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Posted Oct. 15, 2015

For the Sake of My Students, Congress Must Act Now on ESEA

Imagine you’re a student in an inner-city school. Supplies are dwindling and teacher turnover is high. You hear that all…

By Ben MacKenzie

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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