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Posted Dec. 14, 2018

6 Steps Towards Restorative Justice in Your School

In all the talk about the importance of reducing suspensions and other exclusionary discipline practices in schools, one question looms large for most educators and…

By Eva Harder

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Posted Sep. 13, 2018

Students Speak Out on School Suspensions

Much has been written about the negative impacts of suspending and expelling students—it leads to worse academic outcomes, increases the odds of students dropping out…

By Eva Harder

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Posted June 26, 2018

I Was a Homeless Student and School Helped Me Find My Way Home

I first experienced homelessness with my family, then on my own. I was born to a single mother and a father who was absent because…

By Jamie Warren

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: John Gomperts on Removing Barriers to Student Success and Recommitting to Kids

Do you drink coffee or tea and how do you take it? I drink super-strong decaf with a little bit of half and half. You…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

5 Reasons I’m Optimistic About the Class of 2020

I don’t have teenage kids any more, but I do have a special interest in the nearly 4 million kids who are just starting high…

By John Gomperts

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Posted Apr. 29, 2016

The Critical Role Mayors Can Play in Improving Public Schools

Among the multitude of issues that mayors address on a daily basis, education improvement efforts sometimes take a back seat. But savvy mayors know that…

By Paul Koehler

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Posted Sep. 22, 2015

5 Ways We Can Help At-Risk Youth Graduate From High School

Add relationship poverty to the list of challenges facing young people who leave high school before graduating. It’s not a lack of love or family, but a lack…

By John Gomperts

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Posted Aug. 5, 2020
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Why It’s Time to Raise Hell About Re-Opening Schools

This week, teachers all over the country are holding demonstrations protesting plans to re-open schools for in-person learning. Obviously, there’s heated debate everywhere about how…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020
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I Believe in School Choice, But Only When Those Choices Are Available to Everyone

Two weeks ago, the governor of my state directed $32 million dollars in funds from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund to create…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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