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Posted Mar. 23, 2017

How Teaching a Liberal Education Will Help Our Students Move Past Prejudice and Embrace Our Common Humanity

In 1952, as the world continued to take stock of the devastation wrought by authoritarian regimes, a coalition of prominent universities and preparatory schools called…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

I’m All About School Choice Providing My Kids With the Best Education Possible

I am a big advocate of school choice and have trouble understanding the critics I read about in the press. Don’t they realize that high-performing…

By Kathy-Ann Hosten-Peters

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Posted Jan. 24, 2017

9 Stories That Will Teach You a Thing or Two About School Choice

It’s National #SchoolChoiceWeek, which is a weeklong campaign held every January to celebrate that education is not one-size-fits-all and that children have different learning styles—so…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Don’t Talk to Me About ‘Privatization,’ Because Your ‘Public’ School Is Hardly Public

In Oakland, one of the highest achieving schools in the city is Hillcrest Elementary. It’s a “public” school that is 5 percent free and reduced-price…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 19, 2016

Public Charter Schools Are Not the Same as Private School Vouchers

There is no historian of American education I admire more than Diane Ravitch; her fair-minded scholarship has inspired me throughout my career. How painful it…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We Got Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline and Student Achievement Has Never Been Higher

This fall I had the privilege of attending a convening hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on the cultural practices of schools across the…

By Marsha Gadsden

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Posted Sep. 27, 2016

Why I Had to Leave Behind ‘No-Excuses’ for the Promise of Student Agency

When I read Steven Wilson’s blog post The Promise of Student Agency: How This Charter School Is Moving Beyond ‘No Excuses’, I immediately connected with…

By Ashley Roberts

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

The Promise of Student Agency: How This Charter School Is Moving Beyond ‘No Excuses’

It’s hard to break with something for which you have long advocated. But several years ago that’s what we knew we had to do. When…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Sep. 16, 2020

How to Raise Children Who Celebrate Diversity

Nearly a century ago, Father Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, said, It costs so little to teach a child to love, and so much…

By Bridget Barnes

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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