Melody Arabo

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Michigan Teacher of the Year 2014

Walled Lake, Michigan

Melody Arabo has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, both from Michigan State University.

She has been married for 13 years and has three children—an eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old twin boys. In 2008, she was named Keith Elementary’s Teacher of the Year and Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2014.

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Posted Feb. 9, 2015

A Teacher Gets Honest About Common Core: ‘Standing Still Will Never Get Us Anywhere’

No one can argue the value of higher standards. Who wouldn’t want kids to be college-and career-ready? Thus, I have…

By Melody Arabo

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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