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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

What If We Radically Reimagined the New School Year?

Monday night I sat on my back patio staring up into a rare, starry Chicago night. I squinted and made out each point of The…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted July 20, 2020

We Need a Stronger Commitment to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color

The current global pandemic has challenged the concept of America’s exceptionalism. As we struggle with COVID-19, we are also uncomfortably grappling with the vestiges of slavery…

By Victor Idowu

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Posted July 9, 2020

City Year Offers Schools a Research-Backed Guide to Plan for Next Year

When our students return to school this fall, it won’t be “business as usual” for them—or for any of us. Student success—particularly during this disruptive…

By Darryl Bundrige

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Posted June 3, 2020

Not Even a Pandemic Can Stop ‘Mothers Against Senseless Killings’ From Serving Children

One year ago, Mothers Against Senseless Killings was telling Block Club Chicago about their plans to open a community school on the corner of 75th and Stewart…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 20, 2020

Here’s Why We Need Asian American History Right Now

I have a distinct memory of playing catch with my dad in a public park during middle school, when a stranger yelled at my dad,…

By Grace Pai

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Posted Apr. 17, 2020

Join Our Conversation on Learning and #PostCovEd

While privileged parents and pundits have the luxury of debating whether to prioritize academic or social-emotional learning, those on the front lines of exposure to…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 9, 2020

Let’s Focus on What’s Best for Kids Instead of Replicating What’s Broken

When schools were suddenly closed last month, even as I worried for my students and their families, I was blown away by the teachers, families…

By Sara Urben

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Posted Apr. 3, 2020

This Family Lets Kids Take the Lead in Designing Their Education

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Chicago Unheard. In this time when millions of families have suddenly been thrust into unplanned homeschooling, Chicago Unheard…

By Tiana Kubik

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Posted Mar. 18, 2020

Here’s a Virtual Hug for All You Instant Homeschoolers

Dear parents of school-age children:  Please don’t be so hard on yourself if “e-learning” at home is hard for you. Teaching is a profession, where…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 23, 2020

Here’s What It Really Means to Move to a ‘Good School’ in a ‘Good Neighborhood’

Many White folks, especially Northern White liberals who voted for Obama, would argue they are not racist, even while they actively cause harm to Black…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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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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