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Posted Nov. 3, 2017

Chicago’s Schools Are Succeeding Because We Care About School Quality

The students of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have achieved some of the biggest gains of any large urban school district in America in recent years.…

By Janice Jackson

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Posted Oct. 23, 2017

Bill Gates’ Education Priorities Reflect His Respect for the Field

In the last 17 years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $3.4 billion dollars to improve public education. Among other things, Gates helped…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

He Thought He Hated School. Here’s How We Turned It Around for a Kid With Special Needs.

“I’m not going to that school. I don’t even like school,” Chase yelled at me. Running up and down a slide, holding a giant stick…

By Stephanie Storlie

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Posted Mar. 23, 2017

It Can Be Hard to Talk to Your Child’s School. Here Are 5 Tips From a Teacher.

Over the course of my years in the classroom I have come across many parents who are eager to support their child’s learning experience but…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Mar. 20, 2017

It’s Common Sense: There Are No Great Schools Without Great Principals

Back in the day, when I was an education reporter and trying to figure out where to find the school stories that would illuminate something…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 1, 2017

How Computer-Based Assessments Empower Educators and Students

If you went through grade school in the last 40 years, chances are you remember filling in answer bubbles to columns of multiple choice items.…

By Nanda Krish

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

I’m All About School Choice Providing My Kids With the Best Education Possible

I am a big advocate of school choice and have trouble understanding the critics I read about in the press. Don’t they realize that high-performing…

By Kathy-Ann Hosten-Peters

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Posted Jan. 5, 2017

I Went to a Good School, So Why Am I Terrible at Math?

Math is/was/always will be my worst subject. It doesn’t matter if it’s factorials (good God, what?), statistics (it looks easy but it’s not), or even…

By Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We Got Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline and Student Achievement Has Never Been Higher

This fall I had the privilege of attending a convening hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on the cultural practices of schools across the…

By Marsha Gadsden

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

Don’t Be Fooled by the Headlines, Common Core Is a Roadmap to Success for Parents, Teachers and Students

In recent years, the majority of states have adopted the Common Core State Standards for K-12 mathematics and English language arts. Even though these standards…

By Nanda Krish

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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