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Posted Sep. 14, 2017

When ‘Good Enough’ Isn’t Good Enough at All for Our Students of Color

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost… —Luke 14:28 The first…

By Josh Parker

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Posted July 19, 2017

Students With Reading Disabilities Deserve the Magic of Books Too

Exciting. Delightful. A joyful experience for the mind and soul, escaping into other worlds. This is the power of reading. Frustrated. Discouraged. Feeling like a…

By Basilisa Perkins

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Posted Apr. 21, 2017

I’m Only 17 and I’ve Got So Much More to Do

With a name like Quincy Jones, I am destined to be successful. It is a name that will never be forgotten and a name that I plan on putting to good use.…

By Quincy Jones

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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Coffee Break: Principal Stacey Gauthier on How Her Queens School Helped Build the Charter Movement

Stacey Gauthier is the principal of the Renaissance Charter School, a Pre-K through 12 conversion charter school in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. She’s served…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Dec. 30, 2016

Here’s What I Learned After My Son Faced Implicit Racial Bias in Kindergarten

What is implicit racial bias? Implicit bias is the unconscious associations and assumptions made between groups of people which affect the routine classroom and administrative…

By Marta Segura

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Posted Aug. 19, 2016

Sexism stings for a long time, in politics and in the classroom

When Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee for President of the United States, I’ll admit I cried. I looked at my daughter and my…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Aug. 15, 2016

When ‘Special’ Feels Like an Insult: Diary of an IEP Kid

I’ve struggled with learning disabilities my whole life. Not the disability, but being labeled as someone with a disability. I had never felt stupid before,…

By A.J. Spitz

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Posted July 22, 2016

I Hated High School, But I Did Learn These 5 Things

In Las Vegas, where you live determines where you go to school. The high school I was zoned for didn’t have a good academic reputation,…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted July 18, 2016

We Don’t Make It Easy on the Kids at Our School and They Like It That Way

The one thing I didn’t learn in college about being a good teacher is having patience. When I began my career three years ago at…

By Ashley Petrozzi

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Posted July 15, 2016

5 Things You Can Do to Support First-Generation College Students

The elation I felt upon my acceptance to Ohio State University felt too distant to recall as I walked out of my chemistry final. As…

By Caitlyn James Homol, David J. Johns

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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