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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…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 12, 2020

A Calendar, a Plan and Friends Can Make Unexpected School Closures Rewarding and Productive for Your Kids

Although only a handful of schools and districts have so far closed in the U.S. due to COVID-19, other countries—like Ireland and El Salvador—have closed their entire national school systems in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. If more states and districts here take that step, how can parents manage?…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 28, 2020

More Teachers Are Being Prepared to Tackle America’s Reading Crisis: Q&A With Kate Walsh

New data and analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality finds significant progress on the science of reading instruction…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 30, 2019

We May Finally Know What It Takes to Improve Schools

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: When we think about school improvement efforts across the United States, it’s easy to tick off the spectacular, big-budget failures. Yet, while these boondoggles made headlines and dominated air time among policy wonks, a smaller, quieter and more sustainable set of successes began teaching the field some guiding principles for improving schools.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 1, 2019

Here’s What Students Stand to Gain From the Chicago Teachers Strike

On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) House of Delegates approved a tentative agreement in a tight vote. The CTU deal includes good…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 12, 2021

Q&A With Paige Kowalski: Getting Transparent About Student Data

Student data. Standardized testing. Accountability. These words set off a lot of big feelings among parents, educators and policymakers — especially fear and anger. Controversies…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 13, 2021

6 Ways We Can Help Reverse COVID Learning Loss for English Learners

Twenty-one months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency. With a new school year underway, the United States (U.S.) public school system…

By Pedro Olvera

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

Your Thanksgiving Clip Art and Crafts Might Be Microaggressions. Here’s How to Do Better.

In March, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publication of six of the prolific writer’s works due to his demeaning caricatures of non-white ethnicities. This…

By B. Manker, Ed.D

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