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Posted May 13, 2016

Half-Day Kindergarten and the Suburban Communities That Cling to It

When we moved to an affluent Chicago suburb three years ago, I neglected to ask a critical question: Does the district offer full-day kindergarten? I…

By Allison Jack

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Posted May 10, 2016

Integration Is Hard, But These Schools Are Doing It

When was the last time you walked into a school and saw a rainbow of students of different races and ethnicities? For me, this has…

By Halli Bayer

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Bringing the Courage of a Dying Friend to Her Classroom

This was a hard Thanksgiving for me. Almost a year ago to the day, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Nov. 16, 2015

Derrell Bradford: In Attacking Success Academy By Linking It With Classroom Abuse, Randi Weingarten Crossed A Line

NYCAN Executive Director and Success Academy Board member Derrell Bradford offers a stinging rebuke of Randi Weingarten's recent op-ed on school discipline in which she compared the incident of abuse of a student in South Carolina and the school discipline policies at Success Academy as being part of the same issue. Derrell does not mince words, powerfully arguing that race and defense of a broken system are at play in Weingarten's attacks on…

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

Another Reason It’s Not About Charter Vs District Schools: There’s No Monopoly On Challenging Students With Educational Opportunities

CRPE's Michael DeArmond digs into the data in their recent report, "Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities," to learn a little more about what the 'Beating the Odds' schools - those schools in which disadvantaged students were equally challenged and exposed to high-quality opportunities. He finds that it's easy to identify the cities with more of these schools than others, but it's less clear whether we should expect…

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Posted Sep. 23, 2015

Citizen.Education tackles teaching beyond the classroom

Educator Justin Birckbichler writes about the different styles of teaching -- and how he prefers to be, and stay, involved in the lives of his students. We have to connect with our students. Education is changing, for better and for worse. One thing that needs to stay constant is the compassion teachers can provide. Some students don’t have strong support systems at home. We may be the only positive interaction they may have. Imagine the…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 15, 2015

Where Kids Can Avoid Racial Cluelessness

In the attic of my suburban home I have this fading yellow Pee-Chee folder covered with my junior high “girl gang” graffiti. These silly scrawls,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

Reality Check: TFA Is Not the Problem With the Teaching Profession

There are lots of people with an opinion about Teach For America (TFA). In politics, truth is a friend of convenience, and in policy people…

By Derrell Bradford

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

New York’s Teachers Union Needs to Rethink How It ‘Supports’ Teachers

The beginning of the school year is a busy time for everyone and teachers feel it most acutely. Amidst all the surrounding excitement and anticipation,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

3 Things This Back-to-School Season

As I reflect on the beginning of the school year, I think about the various experiences I’ve had that have shaped me as both a…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Sep. 16, 2019

I Hate to Inform You, but Not Everyone Is Above Average in Wobegon

Wherever you live, there is a high probability that Minnesota is low-key superior to your state.  We are the safest state in America, we have…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 12, 2019

Democratic Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About K-12 Education and That’s Why We Crashed Their Debate in Houston

All eyes may be on the third round of Democratic presidential candidates’ debates happening tonight. But let me direct your attention for a second to…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and reflect on how you want…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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