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Posted Jan. 7, 2022

Strong School Leaders Are Key to Helping the Entire School Community Navigate This Pandemic

From staffing shortages and school board protests to the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, times are tough for educators and school leaders, and may…

By Chris Minnich

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Oct. 19, 2021

Q&A With Dr. Chad Gestson: Phoenix’s Covid Numbers Transformed Our District for the Better

Dr. Chad Gestson leads the Phoenix Union High School District, which educates 29,000 students in 22 schools from 32 different ZIP codes in Arizona’s capital…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 23, 2021

Q&A: New Orleans Is Taking a New Approach to Find Its Next Superintendent

Ethan Ashley is the president of the Orleans Parish School Board, which regained full control of New Orleans public schools on July 1, 2018. New…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 11, 2021

Now Is Not the Time to Let Down the Students Who Need Us the Most

After the unprecedented global pandemic that disrupted — not one — but two separate school years, educators are finally preparing to welcome students back to…

By Catherine Burns

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Posted July 27, 2021

Here’s How Educators Can Recharge to Prepare for a Successful School Year

The 2021 end-of-year celebrations likely brought a greater sense of accomplishment than normal for educators, students, and families, but we know the last few months…

By Candice McQueen

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Posted July 15, 2021

Here’s How a Playground Can Be an Investment in Early Music Education

Not all children enjoy physical activities. To expose our youngest students to the joys of musical expression, we now include outdoor instruments in our playground…

By Marshall Cohen

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Posted July 8, 2021

How I Navigate the Principal’s Gambit to Keep Everyone on the Board

This ain’t checkers. It’s chess.  It was guidance offered to me by Wayne Greer, a veteran principal and mentor, as I joined the ranks of school leadership…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted Jan. 22, 2021

Teachers Shouldn’t Tiptoe Around Politics When It Directly Impacts Our Students

“Don’t talk politics and religion at the dinner table.”  I presume I’m not the only one who was brought up with this unspoken rule. With…

By Emma Volpe

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Posted Dec. 29, 2020

We Must Be Disciples for Our Students in 2021

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, educators nationwide, and the world over, have had to adapt how they provide services to children and families.…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Chicago Isn’t the Only City Putting Politics Over Kids

The politics of education are broken and we are seeing the effects of it play out in real-time.  In Chicago, a stalemate over remote learning…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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