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Posted Jan. 7, 2021

We Have to Teach About What Happened at the Capitol Yesterday

I sat yesterday after school watching the news, Twitter and my email, mortified by the actions unfolding in our nation’s capital (and across the nation),…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Nov. 8, 2020

An Election Alone Fixes Nothing. So, What’s Next?

The people of the United States have voted to replace Donald Trump with Joe Biden. It is the first step in repairing the massive rifts…

By Michael Soskil

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Posted Nov. 2, 2020

Students of Color Are Depending on You November 3. Don’t Throw Away Your Shot.

On the eve of America’s 244th birthday, the critically acclaimed play, “Hamilton,” debuted on Disney+, making the cultural touchstone available to millions in the midst…

By Massachusetts Charter Public School Leaders of Color

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Posted Oct. 7, 2020

How to Teach Students About Political Debates

With elections around the corner, political opponents all around the country are sparring off against one another in televised debates. This includes, but is not…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 29, 2020

Faced With a Global Pandemic, My Students Have Grown in New Ways

As school wrapped up this last year, several of my students joined my online “office hours” not seeking out help with the content, but instead…

By Terry Hussey

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Posted Jan. 7, 2020

Yes, Politics Do Belong In The Classroom

As I reflect on a controversial piece I wrote shortly after Donald Trump Jr. referred to educators as “loser teachers,” I remember one specific comment…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Oct. 5, 2017

I’m Trying to Teach My Students That Mass Shootings Aren’t Normal, But It’s Getting Harder

At 7:30 Monday morning a faculty announcement rang out over the PA system. “Report to the cafeteria for an informational meeting.” When that particular, unplanned…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

Don’t Like ‘Take a Knee’? Take a Civics Class.

For the past month the news has been filled with a seemingly endless stream of topics that have sparked controversy and unrest in our nation,…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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