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Posted Nov. 12, 2020

The Pandemic Has Only Underscored the Unfair Burden That Schools Shoulder

Joe Biden’s election and this week’s good news about several coronavirus vaccine candidates are massive developments in a months-long debate over how our schools should…

By Matt Repka

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Posted Nov. 10, 2020

Three Reasons to Move School Board Elections to November

Last week’s election was a referendum on the Trump Administration, but it wasn’t a referendum on how well schools have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

By Juliet Squire

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Posted Nov. 2, 2020

It’s Time to Put Early Math on Everyone’s Radar, Especially for Dual Language Learners

Most parents understand early literacy is important. Data show they are already doing the basics to support literacy, like reading to children regularly. Yet new…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 30, 2020

With Remote Learning, the Issues Go Deeper Than Lack of Internet

Right now—literally, as I’m sitting here typing—I’m watching my friend toggle between distance learning with her son and responding to work emails. It’s the most…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 27, 2020

The COVID-19 Attendance Crisis Is Bigger Than You Think

Much of the public discussion about pandemic education has focused on two major questions: How are families handling remote learning? What does safe reopening of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 30, 2020

If We Don’t Do Something Radical Now We Will Fail Our Kids

This has not been the “back to school” we look forward to each year. In these early days of the new school year, it has…

By Elisa Villanueva Beard

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Posted July 28, 2020

School Choice Systems Must Prioritize Youth in Foster Care

Nearly half a million children in the United States are in foster care, many in non-relative settings or group homes, and spend an average of…

By Justin Trinidad

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Posted June 15, 2020

Here’s How COVID-19 Is Hurting Aspiring Teachers of Color and Three Ways We Can Fix It

A growing body of evidence demonstrates the valuable role that teachers of color play in our schools, but COVID-19 could shrink their ranks—and may have…

By Indira Dammu

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Posted Apr. 7, 2020

What the Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Empathy and Equity in Schools

We’re facing a global emergency where tens of millions of children are seeing their education disrupted. But the truth is that for many kids and…

By Hailly T.N. Korman

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Posted Mar. 9, 2020

Kids Who Aren’t Well-Served in Traditional Settings Aren’t Troublemakers, They’re the Key to Real Change

Too often, education leaders think of schools and programs serving students who have gaps in their education, who are early parents, who are incarcerated or…

By Hailly T.N. Korman, Andrew J. Rotherham

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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