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Posted Dec. 9, 2020

How to Help Beginning Readers During the Pandemic

Before the pandemic, many American children struggled to read well. Now, the pandemic has thrown early elementary teachers a curve…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

Review: Schneider and Berkshire’s ‘A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door’ Is a Missed Opportunity

“A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door,” the new book from education professor Jack Schneider and writer Jennifer Berkshire, purports to…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 19, 2020

Oklahoma Parents Dreamed Big and Built Their Own School

What would happen if you sat a group of parents down and asked them, “In an ideal world, what would…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 2, 2020

It’s Time to Put Early Math on Everyone’s Radar, Especially for Dual Language Learners

Most parents understand early literacy is important. Data show they are already doing the basics to support literacy, like reading…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 27, 2020

The COVID-19 Attendance Crisis Is Bigger Than You Think

Much of the public discussion about pandemic education has focused on two major questions: How are families handling remote learning?…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 5, 2020
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Why It’s Time to Raise Hell About Reopening Schools

This week, teachers all over the country are holding demonstrations protesting plans to re-open schools for in-person learning. Obviously, there’s…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 3, 2020

Not Even a Pandemic Can Stop ‘Mothers Against Senseless Killings’ From Serving Children

One year ago, Mothers Against Senseless Killings was telling Block Club Chicago about their plans to open a community school on the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 18, 2020

This Charter School Prepared for Distance Learning Ahead of Time and It’s Paying Off For Students

As COVID-19 has forced schools across the country to adapt to remote learning, Perspectives Charter School teacher Andrew Rosenblat has…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 17, 2020

Join Our Conversation on Learning and #PostCovEd

While privileged parents and pundits have the luxury of debating whether to prioritize academic or social-emotional learning, those on the…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Chicago Isn’t the Only City Putting Politics Over Kids

The politics of education are broken and we are seeing the effects of it play out in real-time.  In Chicago, a stalemate over remote learning…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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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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