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Posted Dec. 2, 2015

Here’s What You Should Be Reading About the New ESEA

As the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act comes to head with a vote in the House today, pretty much everyone in education…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

Ahead of the Heard: Nuance is Crucial in Teacher Evaluations

Kaitlin Pennington, over at Bellwether's Ahead of the Heard blog, makes an incredibly important point that often gets lost in education debate: nuance is key. Though this point could be made for just about any education policy, Pennington's making sure everyone hears it loud and clear when it comes to teacher evaluations. In particular, Pennington is making a call for nuance in the way teachers are categorized -- instead of lumping together the…

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Posted Sep. 28, 2015

Chad Aldeman on what’s next for ESEA

Over at Ahead of the Heard, education policy expert Chad Aldeman gave his thoughts on what Speaker of the House John Boehner's resignation means for those of us watching the ESEA reauthorization fight. Here's a hint: it's not great. The politics of ESEA don’t get any easier with Boehner’s departure. In fact, they’re a sign that the politics are much harder than anyone had admitted publicly. The House GOP barely passed its version of a…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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