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Posted May 31, 2019

Public Education in This Country Is Literally a Matter of Life and Death. Here’s How It’s Playing Out.

Last week, a group of Californians got what Dolly Hunt called their “Martin Luther King moment.” Here’s what happened. The California Senate was set to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 10, 2019

Teacher-Led Advocacy Isn’t a Choice, It’s Just What We Do

Historically, Teacher Appreciation Week has included cute coffee mugs stuffed with candy and treats for beloved teachers. Apple themed gift baskets, Starbucks cards and handmade…

By Kari Patrick

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Posted Apr. 27, 2018

These Teachers of the Year Stand Up in Support of Teachers Fighting for a Living Wage

A tide is sweeping across the nation. We are witnessing a new wave of teacher activism unfolding, state by state. West Virginia teachers were the…

By 2017 State Teachers of the Year

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

My Chicago Neighborhood Is Still Scarred 50 Years After MLK’s Assassination, But My Students Give Me Hope

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, leading to an uprising in Chicago. The North Lawndale and East Garfield Park…

By Garland Thomas-McDavid

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

The World Is Threatened by Our Students’ Voices and We Have to Teach Them to Be Brave

I talk a lot about how our students can change the world. And I mean it. Glance at the headlines any day this week, and…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

My Students Who Fight for Social Change Hold a Special Place in My Heart

As teachers, there are few things more inspiring and gratifying than seeing the success of students who have left our classrooms and ventured off into…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

We Participated in #NationalWalkoutDay to Show How Gun Violence Affects Chicago Students

The clock strikes 9:50 a.m. as I sit in physics class. My teacher has given a momentum equation, but that is the least of my…

By Jada Hoffman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

I’m Feeling Some Hope and Outrage Here on #NationalWalkoutDay

I’m starting a new thing here called “Hope and Outrage.” A lot of us wake up every morning with the goal of rallying people to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 17, 2017

I Could Have Been a White Supremacist, and It’s Terrifying to Think About

The first racist thing I remember hearing is my dad calling the NBA “Blacksketball.” That sort of mega-witty racial humor permeated Milwaukee while growing up.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month Is Every Month for Latino Educators

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the histories and stories of the Latino diaspora. In most of the country,…

By R.D. Leyva

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Posted July 16, 2019

Here’s Why President Trump’s Tweets About ‘The Squad’ Are Nothing New for Black Women in Education

On Sunday, the 45th president of the United States told four congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries from which they came.  ….and…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 17, 2019

These Award-Winning Teachers Say to Close the Detention Centers and Bring the Children to Our Classrooms

This post is an open letter to the Trump administration, signed by 45 former State Teachers of the Year and the 1,840 members of Teachers…

By Ivonne Orozco, Mandy Manning, Heidi Crumrine

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Posted July 12, 2019
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We’ve Never Seen a Public School System Work for All Kids, But We Have to Believe We Can Build One

The other day I watched the documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.  Now if you don’t know who Bryan Stevenson is, you should…

By Tanesha Peeples

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