Victoria Clayton

Guest Blogger

Education Contributor, TheAtlantic.com

Los Angeles, California

Victoria Clayton is a parent, writer and part-time college instructor in Southern California. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times magazine, Self, Redbook, Prevention and elsewhere. She’s the former Growing Up Healthy columnist for MSNBC.com and the coauthor of “Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom.” Victoria is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Posted July 3, 2018

These Stories of School Boards Behaving Badly Will Drive You Nuts

A veteran education reporter recently revealed to me the one area he can’t get insiders to talk about: school boards.…

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Posted Mar. 26, 2018

The Students I Met at ‘March For Our Lives’ Are the Change I Want to See

On Saturday, my friend and I made our way to March For Our Lives by taking the D.C. Metro to…

By Victoria Clayton

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Posted Mar. 23, 2018

I’m Going to #MarchForOurLives Because, Honestly, How Can I Not?

Protest has been a topic for a long time around my house. Like a lot of people, I participated in…

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Posted Mar. 13, 2017

Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Is So Much More Than ‘Nicey-Nice.’ It Can Be a Lifeline.

More than a million U.S. school children are now enrolled in districts that have rolled out or are in the…

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017

Parents Do Some Crazy Things to Get Their Kids the Right School

I’ve been procrastinating about writing this post. Why? Because while I believe all people should speak their truths, I’m cautious…

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Posted Nov. 8, 2016

The Election May Be Over, But You Still Have to Talk to Your Kids About It

“No! Not the Donald Trump show again!” That’s what my 5-year-old screeched when my husband clicked on the television recently.…

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Posted June 30, 2016

Turns Out Common Core Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Social Justice

If you selected 20 parent friends from across the country with diverse backgrounds, children of all ages and diverse educational…

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

By Jasmine Lane

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