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Posted Feb. 2, 2018

The US Is Falling Way Behind in STEM But Kentucky’s Powering the Comeback

Maybe you’re already aware, but the United States isn’t exactly globally competitive in science education. As of 2015, we ranked…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

Teachers Are More Supportive of Education Reform Than You Think

I’m a science teacher, so it’s in my nature to be curious about how and why things work the way…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: School reform is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 5, 2018

Rural Kids Need Better Schools Too

I didn’t really think much about rural representation until I first got involved in educational leadership. For the first time,…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Dec. 18, 2017

We Can’t Keep Doing the Same Thing in Schools and Expect Better Results

“School reform” is such a misunderstood concept in the education world. That misunderstanding, of course, leads many people to dismiss…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Dec. 11, 2017

Stop Talking About Charter Schools and Focus on What’s Really Causing Segregation

A recent report from The Associated Press has been turning heads about the link between charter schools and segregation. According…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Dec. 6, 2017

If We’re Going to Have a Real Conversation About Education, We’ll Need a Few More Seats at This Table

Often when I let my students work in groups, I remind them of a favorite proverb of mine: “If you…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 22, 2017

Achievement Gaps Are Just the Symptom. Opportunity Gaps Are the Real Problem.

We hear a lot of talk about achievement gaps these days, and rightfully so. America has only grown more diverse,…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Want to Close Achievement Gaps? Know Why They Exist in the First Place

There’s a sad reality in our education system today: Some students just don’t do as well as others. I realize…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Banning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Because It Makes You Uncomfortable Isn’t How You Learn

Biloxi, Mississippi, made news when its public school district pulled Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its eighth-grade…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for the removal of police in…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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