Lynnell Mickelsen

Guest Blogger

Education Blogger

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lynnell Mickelsen is a long-time progressive Democrat and recovering journalist who spent nearly two decades as a Minneapolis public school parent. She is now active on education reform issues and writes on her blog Put Kids First.

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

If It Walks Like the NRA and Quacks Like the NRA: The Parallel Politics of Gun Control and Ed Reform

It’s been two weeks since the mass shootings in Roseburg, Oregon. And I’ve spent the last seven days comparing the…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015

The ‘Fundies’ of the Left: Teachers Unions, Liberals and Fundamentalist Culture

For me, as a Democrat, one of the weirdest things about working on education reform has been the never-ending fundamentalist…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Mar. 12, 2015

Fixing Ourselves: 3 Suggestions for Fellow White Liberals Who Want to Fix Schools

A while back MinnPost reprinted my post: Forget About Fixing Black Kids. What If We Fixed White Liberals Instead? The…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2015

Dumping the Evidence: Remind Me Again Why Anti-Testing is ‘Progressive’?

Well, this isn’t subtle. From Alternet’s “7 Big Public Education Stories of 2014”: Opt-out activists are targeting more than just…

By Lynnell Mickelsen

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By the End of My Third Year, I Was in Therapy. We Must Start Taking Teachers’ Emotional Health Seriously.

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Posted June 11, 2019
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How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

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Posted June 12, 2019

When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference

I am living proof of the OneGoal motto: “College graduation. Period.” I’m a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) of Carbondale where I studied…

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