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Posted May 7, 2018

Thank You to All the Teachers Who Know That We Can’t Have Equity Without Love

I come from nothing. I was reminded of this at a tense board meeting in which a member from the community, upset with my opinion…

By Abdul Wright

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as an administrator first at Blackstone…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

When Immigrant Families Are Too Afraid to Show Up to School, We Must Act

Imagine yourself at 6 years old, likely in first grade. You get on the bus or walk with your parents to school every day. When…

By Mary Moran

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

4 Things Every School Should Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Students

I am a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m also the proud husband of an immigrant.…

By Justin Parmenter

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Posted Aug. 3, 2016

Here’s How We Keep Kids in School and Stop Chronic Absenteeism

Each year, the best part of my job is shaking the hands of our almost 8,000 high school graduates. I get to meet amazing students…

By S. Dallas Dance, David J. Johns

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Posted Mar. 24, 2016

Someone’s Missing From the Classroom and It’s Not the Students

The school district of Philadelphia has a teacher attendance problem. NewsWorks recently published a story detailing the contractual interaction between the school district of Philadelphia and Source4Teachers—the…

By Clifford Thomas

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Posted Mar. 10, 2016

School Should Feel More Like Playing Hooky

Andrew Rotherham of Bellwether Education Partners has a piece in US News & World Reports in defense of playing hooky. He pushes back on the urge to crack down on absenteeism saying it may not be what's best for kid. He also shares examples of "hooky" that are enriching and fun and even get kids outside. While he recognizing that absenteeism is a complicated issue, he challenges us to think it differently and to move toward models of…

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Posted May 27, 2020

George Floyd’s Death Was Murder, Plain and Simple

As part of my job as an educator, I have, at times, had to restrain teenagers. I was trained to do so. It is my…

By Derek Davidson

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Posted May 29, 2020

Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression

This week began with a hike in the woods for my family and me in the Shenandoah Valley State Park. Pre COVID-19, our outings consisted…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 28, 2020

Without Internet Access, Our Most Vulnerable Children Are Locked Outside the Digital Schoolhouse Door

Philadelphia’s problem is America’s problem. If you want to go to school, see a doctor, apply for a job, enroll in training or receive government…

By Dirk Tillotson

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