Catherine Burns

Guest Blogger

Chief Academic Officer, Accelerate Institute

Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Catherine Burns is chief academic officer of Accelerate Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for America’s underserved students.

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

In These Uncertain Times, Schools Must Focus on Mental Health First

After 20 months of the pandemic, students are burnt out. The result is increasing mental health struggles among many, which…

By Catherine Burns

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Posted Aug. 11, 2021

Now Is Not the Time to Let Down the Students Who Need Us the Most

After the unprecedented global pandemic that disrupted — not one — but two separate school years, educators are finally preparing…

By Catherine Burns

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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